We told you yesterday when the news broke that Utah was cutting lose Jamaal Tinsley that the Jazz could turn to the D-League for his replacement.
They have. Utah has signed Diante Garrett from the Iowa Energy, the team announced.
Garrett, age 25 out of Iowa State, played 19 games for the Suns last season in a reserve role and didn’t exactly blow any doors off. Before that he played in Europe. He was in camp this preseason with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Utah has John Lucas III also on the roster to play the point, but they are ultimately waiting for the return of Trey Burke, who they want to run the show.
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Garrett will get a chance to show he belongs on the rebuilding Jazz, we’ll see what he does with the opportunity.
The Utah Jazz brought in veteran point guard Jamaal Tinsley to provide a little stability with rookie Trey Burke out with an injured finger. At least that was the plan.
Tinsley didn’t provide much of anything — 1.1 points a game on 20 percent shooting, plus 2.9 assists per game. He started five of the Jazz’s eight games, all losses.
Monday night coach Tyron Corbin moved him to the bench, Tuesday they let him go reports Aaron Falk of the Salt Lake Tribune.
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So, if he is out, who is in? Marc Stein of ESPN has heard rumblings.
In Utah is all just a placeholder until Burke gets healthy, then their star rookie will get the keys to the Jazz offense. For better or worse… well, not sure it can be much worse.
As for Tinsley, not sure he is going to land another job in the league.
In a move that has been somewhat expected for a while now, the Jazz announced the signing of free agent point guard Jamaal Tinsley on Saturday.
Trey Burke was of course supposed to be the starting point guard in Utah, after the team selected him with the ninth overall pick in this summer’s draft. But a fractured finger suffered in the preseason changed those plans, which made the signing of a veteran like Tinsley a necessity.
The Jazz have very few other capable point guard options on the roster in the traditional sense, and Tinsley’s 10 years of NBA experience at the position will help make the team go while Burke makes his way back.
Burke’s timeline was initially believed to be 8-12 weeks, but was quickly updated to 4-6 weeks. He’ll be re-evaluated by the team three weeks after the date of his surgery.
Tinsley, meanwhile, played in Utah in each of the past two seasons, and should have no trouble stepping right in and running things offensively. He started 32 of the 66 games he appeared in last year, while averaging 3.5 points and 4.4 assists in 18.5 minutes per game.