NBA Roundtable

Grizzlies Sign Tinsley

In Free Agency on November 17, 2009 at 6:38 am

Ron Tillery of the Memphis Commercial reports

Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace oversees a team that is shaky at the point and has little to no leadership in the locker room.

The hope is that veteran floor general Jamaal Tinsley provides an upgrade in both of those areas.

Leadership? Tinsley? Oh-oh! The article continues

“We just felt that (Tinsley’s) experience and playmaking ability could be of benefit to us,” Wallace said. “So we reached out to him. … He’s an accomplished playmaker. We felt that it was a chance to buy some insurance at that position.”

When did this all start?

Memphis has been in contact with Tinsley and his agent, Raymond Brothers, since training camp began in October. Brothers also represents Griz power forward Zach Randolph.

“I told him this is an open-ended invitation,” Wallace said. “He has to come and compete. It’s a process coming back after a year and a half off. … But we feel that Jamaal has a tremendous desire to play and resume his career. He can help make us a better team.”

Thoughts

  • Tinsley doesn’t provide leadership
  • The Grizzlies should have signed Tinsley prior to training camp or at least near the beginning of training camp. Waiting until this stage only hurts the chances of Tinsley being able to play his best basketball. He needed the time (training camp) to get healthy + in basketball shape. It will be much harder to do during the season.
  • The Grizzlies desperately needed a backup guard. About bloody time they signed one.
  • No clue as to whether or not Tinsley can still play in this league. He’s been sitting on the sidelines for a long time.
  • The biggest problem with Tinsley has never been talent and it’s never been character based, despite what people will say, it’s always been health and injuries.
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