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.
With Trey Burke out for a while the Utah Jazz have been looking around for a veteran guard they can keep around until their (hopefully) star rookie returns.
Looks like they may go a comfortable route for them — Jamaal Tinsley. Look for an announcement from the Jazz that they have signed him in the next 24 hours, Marc Stein of ESPN says the deal is almost done (another report said it’s done, no confirmation of that yet but it will be soon).
Tinsley, 35, played in 66 games and started 32 for the Jazz last season. I wouldn’t exactly call it productive time 3.5 points and 4.4 assists per game. He has always had a fantastic court vision and passing skill (nearly 3-1 assists to turnover ratio) but he over dribbles at times, plus he shot 36.8 percent overall and 30.7 percent from three.
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If a team brought in Tinsley as a third, veteran PG off the bench you could see that pickup (maybe) but the fact the Jazz are going to end up giving him big minutes speaks to how much that team is going to struggle this season.
Jazz rookie Trey Burke was supposed to get the bulk of the minutes at the point guard position this season, but that was before he fractured a finger in a preseason game that required surgery and will sideline him for the next 4-12 weeks.
(Burke says 4-6; his agent said 8-12)
Utah is now pretty thin at the one, with John Lucas III getting the nod for now, but with only non-guaranteed players Lester Hudson and Scott Machado currently on the preseason roster as guys who traditionally play the point guard position.
It makes sense, then, for the Jazz to consider other options.
From Steve Luhm of The Salt Lake Tribune:
With Burke out, the Jazz have talked to veteran point guard Jamaal Tinsley about a return to the team.
Tinsley, 35, spent the past two seasons in Utah. He played in 103 games, including 33 starts.
“There has been mutual interest,” Raymond Brothers, Tinsley’s agent, told The Tribune.
Said coach Tyrone Corbin: “He has some interest, we have some interest. … He’s a guy who knows our system.”
And that’s it exactly.
For a short-term fix, Tinsley is at least serviceable and knows the team and what his coach is trying to do. Utah has 13 players in place with guaranteed contracts, and if they’re going to add one more, it might as well be a known commodity that the team trusts.
Tinsley averaged 3.5 points and 4.4 assists in 18.5 minutes per game for Utah last season.