The Jazz have officially signed Diante Garrett, the team announced today in a press release. ESPN.com’s Marc Stein was the first to identify Garrett as Utah’s primary target, while Jody Genessy of the Deseret News reported that an agreement had been reached.
Garrett, 25, made his NBA debut for the Suns last season, appearing in 19 games for the club, and averaging 17.3 PPG and 7.3 APG in eight contests with Phoenix’s D-League affiliate, the Bakersfield Jam. His rights had been obtained by the Iowa Energy for the upcoming D-League season, before he landed an NBA deal with the Jazz.
For the Jazz, the addition of Garrett comes on the heels of the team’s release of Jamaal Tinsley. Tinsley, who was ineffective in his eight games with Utah this season, was on a non-guaranteed deal and I’d imagine Garrett will get a similar minimum-salary, non-guaranteed contract. He should get a chance to earn some minutes at the point, with Trey Burke still sidelined due to a broken finger.