Utah Jazz Sign Jamaal Tinsley, Save Fans from Mourning the John Lucas III Era

By Ryan Heckman
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

This week, there was a lot of speculation about the Utah Jazz addressing the point guard position by bringing in former Jazz point guard Jamaal Tinsley. After Trey Burke suffered a broken finger and is now out indefinitely, the Jazz had to do something to establish depth.

Beyond Burke, the only other true point guard on the roster was veteran John Lucas III. The thought of your starting point guard being a guy like him is not a positive one, and believe me, fans know it.

After the Jazz’s preseason loss Wednesday night, head coach Ty Corbin was asked about the possibility of bringing back Tinsley.

“We’re looking at it,” he said according to the Salt Lake Tribune. “We’ll see what gives us a chance. We love Jamaal. He’s been here a while. We hope everything can work out, so we’ll wait and make a comment on that.”

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Well, it is official. The Jazz brought back Tinsley in the wake of their loss and, hopefully, he will be the starting point guard come the regular season. No one wants to see a team go from an exciting rookie like Burke to the likes of Lucas III. Don’t get me wrong, Lucas isn’t your worst option in the league — but, well, OK he’s not far off.

Tinsley at least knows the system and is familiar with a lot of the guys there already. Having averaged four assists per game last year in just over 18 minutes, he is clearly a solid option at this point, and really the most logical as well. Look for Tinsley to possibly even work his way into playing out the season with Utah and seeing Lucas III’s time with the team dwindle.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.



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