What say what?! Rasheed Wallace will reportedly come out of retirement and sign with the Los Angeles Lakers!
37 year old Wallace, last played in the NBA in the 2009-10 season for the Boston Celtics. He’s expected to fortify the Lakers bench and could play a larger role if Los Angeles decides to trade fellow forward Pau Gasol, as has been rumored.
Wallace had two more years remaining on his contract with the Celtics, though it’s believed he and the team worked out a $1 million buyout after neither side pursued a reunion.
Wallace, who has career averages of 14.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game, isn’t expected to start for the Lakers, however. He also could be a risky addition due to racking up an NBA record 304 technical fouls, including 41 in 2000-01.
“His days as a starter in this league are gone,” a source, knowledgeable with the trade said, according to CSN New England. “I think he knows that, and so do the Lakers. But think about it. Of the big men that are available, is there one that’s really better? And if he’s gotten himself in shape, adding him becomes a huge get for them.”
Wallace was said to be considering a comeback in mid-January. “As a veteran player, (Wallace) knows what it takes to be reinstated,” Bill Strickland, his agent, told Yahoo! Sports at the time.
To add Wallace, the Lakers will need to cut a player from their roster. He was part of the Detroit Pistons 2004 championship team.
Is this a good look for Wallace & the Lakers?