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Jazz announce signing of Jamaal Tinsley

Oct 26, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

Jamaal Tinsley, Robert Sacre AP

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.

  1. JMClarkent - Oct 26, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    I love him as a mentor for Burke, I think that it is important to have a few positional veterans to teach the youngsters the ropes of the NBA game.

  2. xli2006 - Oct 26, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Tinsley a “mentor”? Umm, Pacer fans will get a good laugh at that.

    He had his ups an downs in his career and probably has a little left in the tank for a backup role… but a mentor he is NOT.

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Oct 26, 2013 at 6:01 PM

      He’s not good offensively but he’s one of the best passers in the game. He’s averaged over 8 apg per game per 36 minutes in his career.

      AND he’s one of the only players (1 of 8) to EVER to record a 5×5 game.

      http://www.ign.com/boards/threads/two-days-ago-nick-batum-became-only-the-eigth-player-in-nba-history-to-notch-a-5×5.452801232/

      Please, no clowns in PBT. Respect the game.

    • JMClarkent - Oct 26, 2013 at 6:22 PM

      I think that he is a different guy now. He has been pretty positive over his past few years; I think it just took him a bit longer to mature that one would like.

    • JMClarkent - Oct 26, 2013 at 6:22 PM

      I think that he is a different guy now. He has been pretty positive over his past few years; I think it just took him a bit longer to mature that one would like.

      • JMClarkent - Oct 26, 2013 at 6:22 PM

        Double post = A glitch in the Matrix. Agents are near.

  3. thekingdave - Oct 26, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Tinsley was one of those players in NBA 2K9 that you could acquire for 70 cents on the dollar, package him for someone better, then reacquire him. Good times.

  4. shaunj167 - Oct 26, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    I guess Nick Van Exel wasn’t available

  5. sdb74 - Oct 26, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Pacers fan here. Team cancer. Team mentor. Tinsley evidently has been both??

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