Jamaal Tinsley is a Memphis Grizzly

by November 16, 2009

The Grizzlies signed Tinsley, in a move that may signal the end of the very short Allen Iverson Era in Memphis (though management says that’s not the case): “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.  Wallace insisted Saturday that signing Tinsley to a one-year, veteran’s minimum deal had nothing to do with Allen Iverson’s weeklong leave of absence due to personal reasons. Either way, Iverson still isn’t with the team and starting point guard Mike Conley entered Saturday’s game against Minnesota as the weakest link to a 1-8 start to the season. ‘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.”‘