LOS ANGELES — Turns out, the Utah Jazz are going to bring back one of their veteran free agents.
Veteran point guard Jamaal Tinsley has agreed to re-sign with the Jazz, it's been confirmed to the Deseret News.
Terms of the agreement are unavailable and the deal is pending Tinsley passing a physical after he flies into Southern California to rejoin the Jazz prior to Friday's preseason-ending game in Anaheim against the Lakers.
The Jazz have been exploring options at the point guard position ever since rookie starter Trey Burke suffered a fractured right index finger nearly two weeks ago. Burke will be re-evaluated in a couple of weeks after having surgery to repair the broken bone in his shooting hand.
Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey, who's with the team in L.A., declined to comment.
"We're looking at it. We'll see what gives us a chance," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. "We love Jamaal. He's been here for a while with us the last couple of years, and we hope everything's going to work out."
Tinsley reignited his NBA career with the Jazz after the organization signed him out of the D-League at the beginning of the 2011-12 season. The 35-year-old played with Utah, backing up Devin Harris and Mo Williams with Earl Watson, for two years.
In 2012-13, Tinsley averaged 4.4 assists and 3.5 points. He started 35 games for Utah while Williams was out with a thumb injury.
The news was a surprise and welcomed by various players in the Jazz locker room who played with Tinsley a year ago.
"He’s been in the league for a while, so he’ll help everybody with the leadership role," Jazz power forward Derrick Favors said. "He also knows the system, the Utah system, because he played with us the lsat two years, so he'll be a big help for us."
Veteran newcomer John Lucas III has taken over starting point guard duties for the Jazz in Burke's absence, although it wouldn't be surprising if Tinsley were given a chance to compete for that spot.
Roster hopefuls Scott Machado and Lester Hudson have been vying for the backup role.7 comments on this story
Their futures with the Jazz don't appear to be as bright with Tinsley coming on board, a move first reported by Alex Kennedy of the USA Today/HoopsWorld.
The 10-year veteran playmaker's addition brings Utah's roster up to 14 players, with just one spot open heading into Wednesday's season-opener.