Tinsley to enter NBDL draft

Jamaal Tinsley(notes) hopes to return to the NBA, and he wants to use the Development League to help his efforts.

Tinsley has sent in the needed paperwork to enter Thursday’s NBA Development League draft, sources told Yahoo! Sports. Tinsley, 33, averaged 9.8 points and 6.6 assists per game through eight NBA seasons while starting 366 of 436 career regular-season games. He last played in the NBA with the Memphis Grizzlies during the 2009-10 season. The deadline to enter the D-League draft is Tuesday.

The Los Angeles D-Fenders have the first pick in Thursday’s draft. Top pick candidates include former NBA center Jamal Sampson(notes), former Villanova forward Curtis Sumpter(notes), former DePaul forward Mac Koshawl, former Dayton forward Chris Wright and former Texas A&M-Corpus Christi center Chris Daniels. The Reno Bighorns selected former NBA forward Nick Fazekas with the top pick in last year’s D-League draft.

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