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NBA Franchise Notes: NBPA Files Grievance On Behalf Of Tinsley

Tinsley Was Banished From
The Team In October
In Indianapolis, Mike Wells reports the NBPA Tuesday "filed a grievance" against the Pacers on behalf of G Jamaal Tinsley. Tinsley was "barred from the team before training camp" and was banished from the team in October. Tinsley's agent, Raymond Brothers, last week said that he "planned to file the grievance because he wants the Pacers to trade, release or buy out his client" (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 2/11). Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird in a statement said the team "made it clear" to Tinsley and Brothers "that we would pursue a trade that we feel would be best for both parties and continue to do so." Bird: "In the meantime, we will do whatever necessary in preparing our case for arbitration should it come to that" (Pacers).

SETTING SUNS? FANSTER.com's Greg Esposito wrote if Suns Owner Robert Sarver "isn't willing to make moves that move the Suns and their fans closer to their ultimate goal it is time he step aside and sell the team to someone who will." Reports have indicated the Suns "may be trying to shed as much as $40[M] from their payroll" before the trade deadline, and Esposito wrote the Suns "need, no deserve, someone who will keep a competitive payroll and will make moves that are basketball savvy rather than business savvy." Esposito: "Trading talent to shave payroll, selling draft picks and being reluctant to pay the luxury tax just won't cut it" (FANSTER.com, 2/10).

COMING ATTRACTION: In Oklahoma City, Mike Baldwin cites sources as saying that a "Bison will be the Thunder's mascot." The mascot will be unveiled at halftime of Tuesday's Hornets-Thunder game (DAILY OKLAHOMAN, 2/10).

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