NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Talk about bad news clashing with good news.
The NBA is quickly taking some of that money the Brooklyn Nets are giving to Jorge Gutierrez.
Gutierrez was fined $15,000 by the league on Friday for excessive contact on a foul, shortly after the Nets signed the rookie point guard to a multiyear contract.
Gutierrez was nearing the end of his second 10-day contract when he fouled center Cody Zeller on Wednesday in Brooklyn’s 116-111 overtime loss in Charlotte. The NBA determined that Gutierrez made excessive contact above the shoulders on the foul, for which he was given a flagrant 2 and automatically ejected.
Gutierrez is averaging 3.4 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists in five games. Financial terms of his contract were not disclosed.
On the injury front, Kevin Garnett will miss his 15th straight game because of back spasms, and the Nets also will be without Andrei Kirilenko against Cleveland on Friday night.
Kirilenko will sit out a third consecutive game with a sprained left ankle. The reserve forward missed 26 games earlier this season with back spasms, an injury that has now kept Garnett sidelined for about a month.
The 37-year-old Garnett hasn’t played since a Feb. 27 victory in Denver.
Reserve guard Marcus Thornton has a bruised lower back and is listed as probable.
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