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Tinsley agent expects grievance against Pacers

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

By CLIFF BRUNT

AP Sports Writer

INDIANAPOLIS -- The agent for Indiana Pacers guard Jamaal Tinsley expects the NBA Players Association to file a grievance in the next week against the team.

Tinsley has not played this season and has not been allowed to practice with the team. Though he's listed on the Indiana roster, team president Larry Bird has said the Pacers don't intend to bring him back.

ESPN.com reported the grievance will be filed within the next week.

Raymond Brothers, Tinsley's agent, said his client just wants to play.

"The Pacers told him he wasn't invited to training camp, not welcome at Conseco Fieldhouse," Brothers said. "He's not in the media guide or a part of anything they're doing."

The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 19, and Tinsley has two years and $14.7 million left on his contract after this season.

Brothers said Tinsley has been working out while traveling back and forth between Atlanta and Los Angeles, and is ready to play.

"He's in great shape," Brothers said. "Jamaal never made a decision not to play. The situation was never that he didn't want to be a part of the Pacers."

Tinsley has been with the Pacers since 2001-02. He played in just 39 games last season, the fewest in his seven-year NBA career.

Last March, charges in connection with a bar fight were dropped against Tinsley and teammate Marquis Daniels in exchange for 32 hours of community service. But the Pacers deemed Tinsley expendable in a roster shake-up that brought in seven new players over the summer.

His nameplate was removed from his locker at Conseco Fieldhouse, and the team sent his belongings to him in Atlanta.

Pacers co-owner and CEO Herb Simon said in a recent interview with The Associated Press that the team has consistently been trying to move Tinsley.

"Other teams love talking about him. and nothing has happened yet, basically," he said.

Simon said his desire is that Tinsley returns to action soon.

"It just didn't work out," Simon said. "He's not a bad person, although things happened here which were not good. It was time for him to move on, and we're trying to help him move to a place that will be better for him."



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