Utah Jazz general manager Kevin O’Connor announced today that the team has signed free-agent guards Jamaal Tinsley and Keith McLeod, and forward Trey Gilder. Per team policy, financial terms were not released. All three players were available to participate in training camp on Saturday at Zions Bank Basketball Center. Utah’s roster now stands at 15 players.
Tinsley (6-3, 195, Iowa State) is an eight-year NBA veteran who spent his first seven seasons with Indiana (2001-08) before playing the 2009-10 season for Memphis. The former first-round pick (27th overall by the Grizzlies in 2001) has appeared in 436 games (366 starts) and holds career averages of 9.8 points, 6.6 assists and 1.6 steals in 28.9 minutes. Most recently the Brooklyn, N.Y., native was the top overall selection in the 2011 NBA Development League Draft by the Los Angeles D-Fenders and appeared in eight games (all starts) this season, averaging 9.9 points, 7.6 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 2.4 steals in 34.1 minutes.
McLeod (6-2, 188, Bowling Green) has played four seasons in the NBA with four different teams, including the Jazz from 2004-06. McLeod averaged 6.6 points, 3.3 assists and 1.6 rebounds in 22.0 minutes for the Jazz, appearing in 119 games (79 starts) over two full seasons before being traded to Golden State, along with Devin Brown and Andre Owens, in exchange for Derek Fisher on July 12, 2006. McLeod, who started his career with Minnesota in 2004, last appeared in the NBA in 2006-07, when he split time between Golden State and Indiana. He has appeared in 200 career games (88 starts), averaging 5.5 points, 2.7 assists and 1.3 rebounds in 18.6 minutes. McLeod, who previously spent two seasons in the D-League with the Albuquerque Thunderbirds (2008-10), appeared in four games (all starts) this season with the Canton Charge in his Ohio hometown, where he was averaging 13.3 points, 5.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 31.5 minutes.
Gilder (6-9, 205, Northwestern State) began the 2009-10 NBA season with the Memphis Grizzlies, appearing in two games before being waived. He spent portions of the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons in the NBA Development League with Colorado, Maine and Albuquerque and was a 2010 D-League All-Star selection. The Dallas native spent the 2010-11 season with the Sydney Kings in the Australian National Basketball League, appearing in 20 games and averaging 13.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.1 steals in 25.9 minutes.