Why Denver and Indiana are exploring Jamaal Tinsley trade
Right now, no trade. Talks are on going. Denver and Indiana will continue playing let’s make a deal. Tinsley would give the Nuggets a top-ten point guard. Three off-court incidents show his baggage. However, Denver is full of personalities, so Tinsley, at just 21 million dollars over the next three seasons, makes sense …
NBA news mixed with analysis …
Their News: ”I’ve talked to a couple people – one from the Pacers camp and another from the Nuggets camp – this morning and both sides say point guard Jamaal Tinsley has not been traded to Denver for point guard Chucky Atkins and center Steven Hunter as reported by the New York Post.” (Indianapolis Star, Mike Wells)
Our Quick Analysis: Right now, no trade. Talks are on going with Denver and Indiana continuing to play let’s make a deal.
Tinsley would give the Nuggets a top-ten point guard. But three off-court incidents show he has baggage. However, Denver is full of personalities, so Tinsley, at just 21 million dollars over the next three seasons, makes sense.
Tinsley’s arrival, if the deal goes through, would be another sign The Answer’s long-term future in Colorado is likely winding down. A Tinsley-Allen Iverson backcourt would be one of the NBA’s smallest. Opponents would expose their size even if the Nuggets favour an up-tempo style.
The Pacers are desperate to move their troubled table-setter. Tinsley has been a public relations disaster and the club wants to cut ties to re-establish relations with the local community. Atkins and Hunter would be cheap, problem-free extras, capable of playing limited minutes in a pinch.
Indiana would get salary relief. Atkins and Hunter are on the books for two seasons, one year less than Tinsley’s pact. Their combined salaries match Tinsley’s contract. Only half their money is guaranteed, though.
However, Atkins and Hunter (as Wells points out) would push the Pacers’ roster to seventeen. The club would then have to make another move.
This specific trade has stalled. Currently, Denver and Indiana are exploring modified versions of this deal. Something may happen and soon.