Pacers finally get rid of Tinsley!

July 30, 2009 in Basketball, Indiana Pacers, NBA by pacejmiller

Tinsley will have to earn his money 'on' on the court now

Tinsley will have to earn his money 'on' on the court from now

Yay!  A little overdue, but I thought I’d express my glee.

The Indiana Pacers have finally reached an agreement with disgruntled guard Jamal Tinsley (who took up a roster spot and ate up over $5 million last season doing literally nothing) and waived him at last.  Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.  Nothing against Tinsley personally.  He had some personal problems, didn’t work as hard as expected and was fragile – but when you look at the Pacers lineup now you realise he couldn’t have made things much worse.

I’ve always said it was the Pacers’ own fault for not getting rid of Tinsley earlier – by publicly banishing him from the team and disclosing his weaknesses they killed whatever trade value he had left.  Sure they got some trade offers, but they must have been offering chump change in return, which explains why he never went anywhere despite the optimism the Pacers were spinning.

The good thing for the Pacers is that they can finally move on from the whole Detroit-brawl saga (as Tinsley was the last remnant).  It’s been a terrible few years and fans might start returning to the financially troubled franchise.  The team needs all the help it can get after an offseason where little was done to help Danny Granger and the team while other teams made significant signings and upgrades.  They lost one of the few bright spots on the team, Jarrett Jack to free agency, and only picked up ex-Thunder guard Earl Watson in return.  They also refused to re-sign Marquis Daniels.  Mike Dunleavy Jr’s future is still in doubt and the team doesn’t have enough money (or is unwilling) to spend on big name free agents.  Looks like another lottery year for the Pacers.

Tinsley, on the other hand, is reportedly in the best shape of his life and will no doubt be swiped up by a team in need of a decent PG.

In other news, ex-Pacer bust Jonathan Bender is contemplating a return.