INDIANAPOLIS---Austin Croshere is back in a Pacers uniform, for now. So is Jamaal Tinsley. Again for now.
Yet the odds still remain better that the former will be there before the latter, at least according to Larry Bird.
"Right now we're still talking to teams and were hoping to get something done in the next few days," said Bird on Tinsley. "As I've said I really like Jamaal as a person, but I think its better for us to go in a different direction."
Tinsley's progress with the team has gone in a negative direction over the past few seasons, with injuries and off the court issues hindering his ability to solidify the Pacers' point guard position. In the 2007-2008 season, Tinsley played in just 39 games; averaging 11.4 points per contest while also dishing out 8.4 assists.
"At the end of last season I talked to Jamaal about it (being traded to another team) and I think he walked away he walked away he knew that we were going to try and move him," said Bird.
Despite still being a Pacer, Bird says that Tinsley will not be at Conseco Fieldhouse when training camp opens next week.
"We've talked to his agent and we thought it was best to move on without him and continue to work and try to get something done for him," said Bird.
In the meantime, Croshere is getting some work with the team he has spent nine of his 11 NBA seasons playing for. The forward spent last season playing for Golden State, seeing action on 39 games, averaging 3.9 points per game in those contests.
"He needed a place to go, and he's been here the last couple of weeks and he looks very good," said Bird of Croshere. "Jimmy (Pacers head coach O'Brien) loves him because he can shoot the three-pointer."