If Adam Morrison is irrelevant, I don’t even know what you’d call Jamaal Tinsley. Aside from perhaps Stephon Marbury, has there ever been a player as big of a pariah as Tinsley?
This summer, reports from Indianapolis talked about how the Pacers emptied his locker and banned him from any team function. For a guy who still has three years and $21.5 million left on his contract, this was unheard of. Presently unwilling to buy out his deal, Larry Bird is still trying to trade Tinsley – although there appears to be no interest around the League.
“We’re going to try to do something,” Bird said. “We’ve talked to just about every team in the league. There were a lot of teams that were interested in him. You never know, they can say that all they want, but until something happens you never know if something is really going to happen.”
Every team? Wow. This is a guy who started 365 of a possible 398 games in his career. And for a team in search of a point guard, Tinsley has a career average of 7.0 assists per game (including a career high 8.4 last season).
When do you figure Tinsley will find his way back onto an NBA court?