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Williams' Future With Pacers In Jeopardy

Last updated on Tuesday, July 22, 2008

(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) - Indiana Pacers President Larry Bird says if he is going to rid the team of players Shawne Williams and Jamaal Tinsley, it will likely be through trades rather than buyouts.

Bird told radio station 1070 The Fan in Indianapolis that players should earn their money and that if you cannot trade them, let them stay home.

Bird says that last Friday's incident in which a passenger in a vehicle driven by Williams was arrested for possession of marijuana adds to the uncertainty that the third-year forward from Memphis will be back with the Pacers.

It was the third incident in the past year in which one of Williams' friends from Memphis has been arrested in a vehicle either belonging to or driven by Williams.

While Williams was not arrested in either of the last two incidents, Bird says that team officials have talked to Williams about putting himself in situations that could potentially cause bad publicity.

Tinsley has also been involved in off-court incidents, but his future with the team is also clouded by the addition of point guards TJ Ford and Jarrett Jack.

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