Indy Cornrows found the following item in a David Aldridge story talking about whether or not the Pacers will match the Raptors reported four-year/$20-million offer to Jarrett Jack. (On this, Bird says “We have five days left” and that he will be talking to team owner Herb Simon and Coach O’Brien to reach a decision on bringing back Jarrett for that type of money. Personally, I doubt it happens.)
On Jamaal, Aldridge says:
The Pacers still have not resolved the status of former starter Jamaal Tinsley, who has not played in more than a year since being told to stay away from the team following several trangressions in previous years.
Several people at the Las Vegas Summer League said this week that Tinsley has been working out in the Atlanta area and is in terrific condition, considering how long he’s been out of action.
Tinsley’s arbitration hearing to (theoretically) resolve his Pacer excommunication is set for July 27 in New York. Who knows what’s going to happen during that meeting, but my belief is that some sort of buy-out will follow, possibly after a half-hearted last-ditch effort at a trade. That type of salary cap hit (Jamaal is still owed almost $15 million over the next two season) will obviously be damaging but, at this point, having this whole ordeal in the past might be the best thing for the Pacers.
I have no remembrance as to why, but for some reason I once made this poorly done Photoshop of Jamaal Tinsley playing Guitar Hero. Enjoy.