Former Cal star Jorge Gutierrez, the reigning Pac-12 Player of the Year, has been added to the Denver Nuggets’ summer league roster. The Nuggets begin their summer schedule Saturday against the Warriors’ summer squad at Las Vegas.
Gutierrez will have five games to show Denver — where he spent two years playing high school ball after coming to the U.S. from Mexico — that he perhaps deserves a spot on their 2012-13 roster. Gutierrez was not selected in last month’s NBA draft.
“There is a not a kid that has worked harder than Jorge to put himself in this position and he will do a tremendous job for Denver,” California coach Mike Montgomery said. “Jorge deserves it. He will certainly make his family and the Cal basketball family proud at the next level.”