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Another day, another trade scenario

The Indiana Pacers are trying to unload point guard Jamaal Tinsley, and apparently offered him to Miami for power forward Udonis Haslem. The Heat rejected the deal. According to a report in Wednesday's Indianapolis Star, the Heat is "reluctant to give up Haslem."

"We're talking to some teams, but it depends on if they are going to make the decision or not," Pacers presdient Larry Bird told the Star. "We'll see where it goes."

TinsleyThe Pacers want a power forward and since they don't see Tinsley in their future, would like to solve both issues in one trade. Here's the hitch: Tinsley very well could be released or bought out by the Pacers. With that in mind, the Heat is not going to give up Haslem for a player they see being available on the open market.

If the Heat took on Tinsley via trade, it would have his contract on the books through the 2010-11 season. Tinsley, 30, averaged 11.9 points and a career-high 8.4 assists per game last season. The 6-3 former Iowa State product, is entering his eighth season. As you may recall, Tinsley was shot at outside an Indianapolis hotel in December, but uninjured. The team equipment manger, however, was wounded. Police were called at 3:40 a.m., and the incident upset the Pacers. It was Tinsley's third off-the court incident in a 14-month span.

Knicks point guard Stephon Marbury, also is expected to be available this offseason, with his days in New York reportedly numbered under the new regime.

All of this means, the Heat does not need to rush into any deal right now for more point guard help.




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