Jamaal Tinsley would do this.
On the day when all I wanted to do was bask in the Indiana Pacers glory of beating one of the top teams in the NBA, the ex-Pacers point guard had to finally sign with a team. Now I've got to write about him. Fan-freakin'-tastic.
After being waived by the Pacers in July and spending nearly four months trying to coax teams into giving him a place to play, Tinsley landed with the Grizzlies after signing a deal on Saturday. Taking advantage of the indefinite departure of disgruntled point guard Allen Iverson, although GM Chris Wallace denies any correlation, the Grizzlies needed another guard to back-up Michael Conley and Tinsley answered the call.
Terms of the contract were undisclosed. More after the jump.
Tinsley has not played in the NBA since the middle of the 07-08 season and was bought out of his contract by Indiana in July after being banned from the team last season. According to The Commercial Appeal of Memphis, Tinsley also worked out for the Cavaliers on Friday before auditioning with the Grizz on Saturday. Tinsley did not play in the Grizzlies' win over the Timberwolves on Saturday night. He is expected to begin practicing with the team on Monday.
Wallace told ESPN's Chris Sheridan the following quote:
"This signing had nothing to do with the Iverson situation. We had an open roster spot and felt Jamaal was the best player we could sign. He is an experienced, proven playmaker who can help us once in game shape. His current weight is close to 20 pounds less than when he last played in Indiana. He wants to be back [in the league]."
The signing actually means that Tinsley is going back to where his NBA career began...sort of. The Grizzlies drafted Tinsley with the 27th pick in the 2001 draft before dealing the pick to the Hawks, which later that night gave up the rights to Tinsley for a future draft pick.
The Pacers will get their first look at the new and improved Tinsley with two games, their only meetings, in December. Indiana visits Memphis on Dec. 18, while the Griz play at Conseco "Reggie Miller" Fieldhouse on Dec. 30.
Here is the take on the signing from SB Nation's Straight Outta Vancouver.