Jazz sign Tinsley, waive five others

Oct 26 2013 - 7:55pm


SALT LAKE CITY -- Free agent Jamaal Tinsley has rejoined the Utah Jazz, who are trying to shore up a backcourt weakened by the injury to Trey Burke.

Burke is expected to miss two to three months after breaking a finger in the team's third preseason game.

Tinsley, a 10-year veteran, spent the last two seasons in Utah, where the point guard averaged 3.6 points and 4.0 assists. He has also played for Indianapolis and Memphis and has career averages of 8.6 points and 6.1 assists.

The Jazz also announced they had waived forwards Brian Cook and Dominic McGuire, and guards Justin Holiday, Lester Hudson and Scott Machado. Following the moves, Utah's roster now stands at 15 players.

The Jazz will tip off its 40th NBA campaign against Northwest Division rival Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday at EnergySolutions Arena at 7 p.m.

Cook (6-9, 251, Illinois) appeared in six preseason games for Utah, averaging 6.2 points and 1.8 rebounds in 10.7 minutes per game. McGuire (6-9, 231, Fresno State) saw action in five preseason games, averaging 2.4 points and 1.4 rebounds in 10.4 minutes. Holiday (6-6, 176, Washington) played in seven preseason contests, averaging 3.4 points in 10.4 minutes. Hudson (6-3, 209, Tennessee-Martin) averaged 4.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 14.8 minutes in five preseason games, while Machado (6-1, 203, Iona) made six preseason appearances, averaging 1.3 points, 1.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 11.5 minutes.

* WOLVES PICK UP CONTRACT OPTIONS ON RUBIO, WILLIAMS: The Minnesota Timberwolves have exercised their fourth-year contract options on point guard Ricky Rubio and small forward Derrick Williams, as expected.

The move on Williams was less of a sure thing, but the Wolves are counting on continued improvement this season from the second overall pick in the 2011 draft. The decision on these third-year players was announced by the Wolves on Saturday, along with the move to waive center Chris Johnson.

That brought the roster to 15 players for the regular season, giving forward Robbie Hummel and guard A.J. Price the last two spots.

Former basketball boss David Kahn's last move before he was fired was to guarantee the 28-year-old Johnson's $916,000 salary for 2013-14. He played in 30 games last season, averaging 3.9 points and 9.5 minutes.

* CLIPPERS WAIVE F LOU AMUNDSON: The Clippers waived forward Lou Amundson on Saturday, leaving their roster at 14 players going into next week's season opener.

Amundson averaged 1.0 points and 3.0 rebounds in seven preseason games, including one start.

He has appeared in 327 career games for Philadelphia, Utah, Phoenix, Golden State, Indiana, Minnesota, Chicago and New Orleans.

The Clippers open the season Tuesday night in a designated road game against the Lakers.

* HEAT WAIVE GRIFFIN AND HAMILTON, GET ROSTER TO 15: The Miami Heat waived forward Eric Griffin and center Justin Hamilton on Saturday, moves that get the two-time defending NBA champions' roster down to 15 players.

Both were signed by the Heat in September to deals that gave them a chance to make the team in training camp, and they lasted with the team for the entirety of the preseason schedule.

Griffin appeared in seven preseason games, averaging 1.7 points in 6.1 minutes.

Hamilton averaged 2.6 points and 2.0 rebounds in five preseason games.

* SUNS EXERCISE OPTIONS ON MARCUS TWINS, PLUMLEE: The Phoenix Suns exercised their 2014-15 options on twin forwards Markieff and Marcus Morris and center Miles Plumlee on Saturday.

Markieff Morris has averaged 7.8 points and 4.7 rebounds in 145 games in two seasons with the season.

Marcus Morris joined the Suns in a midseason trade with Houston and averaged 5.7 points in 23 games with Phoenix. Plumlee was acquired in an offseason trade with Indiana.

* KINGS OF THE CITY: KNICKS-NETS RIVALRY RAISES BAR: How big is New York versus New York? Just ask the guy who runs the place.

"If we were to have a World Series between the Yankees and the Mets, or a Super Bowl between the Jets and the Giants, or an NBA championship between these two great teams, No. 1, New York City is so big, and the people here come from every part of the world and from every part of America," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

"And it would be the best thing that ever happened to all of those leagues."

The Knicks and Brooklyn Nets can't play for the NBA title, but competing to be best in the Big Apple is pressure enough.

Bloomberg was speaking at a recent press conference to announce that the Knicks and Nets would jointly host the 2015 All-Star weekend. Officials from both clubs and the league took part, all assuring that the teams get along well and look forward to working together.

Sure, maybe for one weekend. Don't expect them to play nice now. Not with two good teams sharing one passionate city.

It may be a Knicks town, but the Nets think it's their time.

"Now you've got New York Knicks, who won the Atlantic last year, then you have us coming in here talking about winning the division, winning the East, winning the championship," Brooklyn's Paul Pierce said. "So you've got two New York teams talking about trying to obtain the same thing. So obviously it's going to cause some type of friction between the two, which is good for the NBA, which is good for the city."

Not to mention for ratings -- all four meetings are on national TV, two on ESPN and two on TNT. And certainly for headlines -- the trash talk among players such as Pierce, Jason Terry, J.R. Smith and Raymond Felton handed local papers plenty of NBA coverage during the usual dead days of August and September.

Imagine what it will be like when they play in December, or twice in April -- perhaps with a division title or home-court advantage in a playoff series on the line.

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