Jamaal Tinsley is still officially on the Pacers’ roster. And he might continue to have a spot there come media day, September 29th. But all summer long, the organization has made no bones about telling the world that they want to get rid of Tinsley. And now, they’re sending a loud and clear message to the team to that effect: word is that they’ve taken Jamaal Tinsley’s nameplate off his locker.
The Pacers are maintaining their stance of not wanting to buy out the remaining three years of Tinsley’s contract, which is about $21 million. I hear Tinsley’s nameplate has been taken down inside the lockerroom at Conseco Fieldhouse.
There’s a chance, albeit a very slight one, that they could change their thoughts on the situation if they can’t find a team to trade Tinsley to and he decides he’ll agree to a buyout that’s less than the $21 million he’s owed.
It’s almost like the Pacers are terrified that Tinsley’s mere presence is enough to spoil the new blood in the organization.
If you’re Larry Bird, do you give Tinsley $21 million to go away, or do you make him sit on the bench behind T.J. Ford and Jarrett Jack all season long?
Source: Indy Star