INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -The Indiana Pacers declined to comment Friday on a report that point guard Jamaal Tinsley would be traded to Denver for Steven Hunter and Chucky Atkins.
Pacers president Larry Bird downplayed the report, which appeared in Friday's New York Post, saying the team wouldn't comment on ``trade rumors'' involving any of its players.
Hunter's agent, Mark Bartelstein, denied his client was involved in the reported deal.
``There's nothing happening with that trade,'' Bartelstein told The Associated Press.
The Pacers have made no secret of their desire to trade Tinsley, who still has three years and $21 million left on his contract. Tinsley has not been at training camp while the team tries to work out a deal.
Pacers coach Jim O'Brien said he's not focusing on Tinsley or the reported trade.
``That situation is what it is,'' O'Brien said. ``I just worry about the guys that are here. I don't worry about guys that aren't here.
``That situation, Larry and (general manager) David (Morway) are handling. It's not something I even think about.''
ven years in the NBA with Indiana, averaged 11.9 points and 8.4 assists during an injury-plagued season last year.
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