Utah Jazz Release Jamaal Tinsley, Kendall Marshall Among Possible Replacements

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Utah Jazz Release Jamaal Tinsley, Kendall Marshall Among Possible Replacements
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In a somewhat surprising move, the Utah Jazz released veteran point guard Jamaal Tinsley on Tuesday. The roster now stands at 14, which leads to the possibility of another move for the Jazz.

Tinsley's release is surprising in the sense that Utah seemed resigned to make no moves and be horrible all season long. It's not surprising when you look at his production.

I hate to kick a guy when he's down, but Tinsley's been historically bad this season. All time, there are only five players who've appeared in eight games and averaged at least 13 minutes while somehow failing to average two points and two rebounds.

2013-14 Tinsley is on that list. Interestingly enough, Earl Watson, who played for the Jazz in 2012-13 is another member of this very specific, very unproductive group.

The question now is whether or not Utah will look for someone else to shore up what is currently the worst point guard rotation in the league.

Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski thinks former Suns guard Kendall Marshall might be an option:

Marshall was a lottery pick in 2012, after proving to be a top-notch, pass-first 1 in college. During his second year at North Carolina, he averaged 9.8 assists a game—good for first in the ACC and second in the NCAA.

His great strength as a distributor didn't outweigh his weaknesses in the NBA, as Marshall appeared in just 48 games during his rookie season. But even his paltry player efficiency rating of 7.8 in 2012-13 is still just behind the combined PER of 8.3 that Tinsley and John Lucas III sport.

And at 6'4", Marshall has great size for a 1. He and Hayward would be one of the biggest backcourts in the league.

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If Utah wants another youngster to fit the rebuilding identity they have this season, they could also make a play for the Sacramento Kings' Jimmer Fredette.

After Sacramento refused to pick up the option on the fourth-year of Jimmer's rookie deal, he's only appeared in two games this season. There doesn't seem to be a spot in the Kings rotation for the sharpshooter, and his offensive ability would be a welcome addition in Utah. The Jazz are dead last in scoring at 86.9 points per game. The 29th-ranked Bobcats are averaging 90.9.

For veteran options—someone who could mentor rookie Trey Burke—Denver's Andre Miller or Toronto's Kyle Lowry could be available if their respective teams continue to trend toward tanking.

Whatever route the Jazz choose to pursue, I certainly prefer making moves to standing pat and allowing the league to walk all over this young team.

Gordon Hayward has been great this season. Enes Kanter, Derrick Favors and Alec Burks have been solid. These guys deserve some help, and it's time for the Jazz to try to find them some.

 

All stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference or NBA.com unless otherwise noted.

For 140-character pearls of wisdom from Bleacher Report's Andy Bailey, follow him on Twitter @AndrewDBailey.

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