Trade or Buyout? Larry Bird and Indiana Pacers’ options with Jamaal Tinsley
Common sense dictates that Larry Bird, a GM himself, shouldn’t expect equal value for Jamaal Tinsley. After all, the Pacers’ President of Basketball Operations killed the market for Tinsley by publicly stating that the troubled point guard was no longer welcome in Indiana …
The evidence suggests GMs aren’t smart. After all, a GM cut Jerome James a six million dollar check for two games work with New York last season. And a GM turned NBA executive sunk Vancouver by handing Bryant Reeves 66 million dollars.
Many other examples of GM lunacy exist. Still, most front office suits won’t pay when they can get something free. They know that much.
Common sense dictates that Larry Bird, a GM himself, shouldn’t expect equal value for Jamaal Tinsley. After all, the Pacers’ head honcho killed the market for Tinsley by publicly stating that the troubled point guard was no longer welcome in Indiana.
To be fair, the Hall of Fame forward made these statements to distance the organization from Tinsley’s off-court behaviour. Such public relations will be costly. Now teams won’t offer equal value and will try to force the Pacers to buyout the 21 million dollars on Tinsley’s deal. He would then become a free agent and only cost another club money.
Bird doesn’t want to offer a buyout for two reasons. First, he has issues paying a malcontent to disappear, especially when he gets getting nothing back. Second, Bird, even in the executive chair, is cool under pressure and will wait. In 2006, he didn’t rush to deal Ron Artest after the defender walked-out and somehow turned Jermaine O’Neal into T.J. Ford and Rasho Nesterovic.
Of course, Indiana can let Tinsley sit. The newly acquired Ford and Jarrett Jack solidify the one-spot. And, like it or not, expectations are low in the Hoosier state.
GMs want the Pacers to buyout Tinsley. Bird wants equal value. Something will give. My money is on Larry-Legend out-waiting his peers and forcing a GM to pay for something that appeared free.