Nets nearly signed Jamaal Tinsley before signing Shaun Livingston

The Brooklyn-born Jamaal Tinsley almost became a Net this offseason before they signed Shaun Livingston instead. AP Photo.

The Brooklyn-born Jamaal Tinsley almost became a Net this offseason before they signed Shaun Livingston instead. AP Photo.

The Brooklyn Nets nearly signed point guard and Brooklyn native Jamaal Tinsley earlier this offseason, but ultimately decided on Shaun Livingston instead, according to Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld.

The 35-year-old graduate of the now defunct Tilden High School in East Flatbush shot 36.8 percent last season and averaged 6.8 points with 8.6 assists per 36 minutes for the Utah Jazz last season. In contrast, Livingston is going to be 28 this season and he shot 48.0 percent while averaging 10.3 points and 5.3 assists per 36 minutes.

So Livingston is the better shooter and scorer, but Tinsley is better at distributing the ball around the court. Considering the Nets aren’t going to lack for scoring options next season it might have been smarter to sign Tinsley. However, considering the age of this team it probably wasn’t a terrible idea to go for the much younger of the two players.

Tinsley is still a free agent and is considering the Mavericks, Rockets, Bobcats, and Suns per Kennedy. Considering the way this offseason has gone it almost seems silly to count out the Nets not signing him at this point except the presence of Tyshawn Taylor pretty much makes that impossible.

Livingston ended up signing a one-year deal worth $1.27 million although the Nets are only technically on the hook for $884,293 worth of that.


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