The Jazz are adding the 7-foot, 240-pound veteran as starter Mehmet Okur recovers from a ruptured Achilles tendon. Okur was injured in Utah's playoff opener at Denver, and might not be available for training camp and the preseason.
General manager Kevin O'Connor announced the deal Wednesday in a statement. Terms were not disclosed.
Elson has averaged 3.9 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in seven NBA seasons.