Rookie point guard Trey Burke was already set to start the season as the starter for the Utah Jazz. Some even named him as a favorite for the NBA Rookie of the Year award. However, all of that was well before he fractured a finger in his right hand, which is expected to sideline him for a month or two.
After Burke (on the depth chart), the Jazz, really, only have John Lucas III and Scott Machado at the point. It’s clear that it would be in the best interest of the Jazz to bring in at least one other player that is capable of playing that position, whether it be via trade or signing a free agent.
And right now, it could end up being the latter. The Jazz were rumored to being interested in Chicago Bulls second-year point guard Marquis Teague, but nothing has escalated apart from the “just interested” theme.
Signing a free agent sounds to be the more promising option for the Jazz, and according to Steve Luhm of the Salt Lake Tribune, they’ve already discussed it.
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.”
Tinsley has spent time with the Jazz in each of the last two seasons. Last year, he averaged 3.5 points and 4.4 assists in 18.5 minutes per game for the Jazz.