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Rasheed Wallace may come back. Sorry Celtics fans.

Jul 4, 2010, 12:08 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for Rwallace_sad.jpgDoc Rivers is back. Paul Pierce is back. Ray Allen is in negotiations to come back.

And now there is the “possibility” Rasheed Wallace might come back, too. That according to David Aldridge at

Celtics nation just got a little queasy. There is no love for him in Bean Town. Wallace battled through nagging injuries at age 35 last season and gave Boston 9 points and 22 minutes a game, but did it with just 41 percent shooting, 28 percent from three. His PER dropped to a below-league-average 13.1 (lowest since his rookie season). He was worse in the playoffs (10.4 PER, but his three point shooting did jump to 35 percent).

Boston fans were not feeling Wallace. And at $6.3 million next season, Celtics brass were not feeling him either (plus he is owed $6.7 million the year after that on a player option).

In the wake of Game 7 Doc Rivers said Sheed was thinking about retiring. He basically confirmed that a few days later.

But now he is thinking about coming back. Boston had been working to trade his salary — getting some player back in return for the other team getting salary relief when Wallace did retire. But no team is actually going to trade for Wallace the player at this point, he is the Celtics problem.

He is the one member of the band nobody was expecting to come back on tour. And nobody is really thrilled about it.

  1. Lakers4Lyfe - Jul 5, 2010 at 5:06 PM

    What is it with Boston teams? I mean, look at the injured Red Sox again this year … you folks in Mass. just can’t admit when your players are old, feeble and injured.

  2. SP - Jul 5, 2010 at 6:03 PM

    Yeah smart guy, any coach can win with MJ/Scottie, Kobe/Shaq, Kobe/Gasol huh?? .. You forgot to mention that NO ONE HAS.

  3. Tone - Jul 6, 2010 at 12:49 AM

    This dude who wrote this article is a complete idiot and knows NOTHING about basketball!!!! Rasheed Wallace always sacraficed his game to make his teams better….He has the inside game, outside game and, and defense! He’s always been my favorite player and has had a great career with not much effort….Of course I would have loved for him to put more effort but throughout his career, he’s never wanted to be the star player! He has never hurt any team, and has been successful with every team he played for….15 year career….14 of them as a starter, 15 points 7 rebounds a game, 1 championship….been to 3 finals, in the playoffs EVERY year! Bottom line….Kurt Helin, ur stupid and should never right about basketball again! U can’t be that dumb!!!!

  4. alets - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:10 PM

    LoL SP. Good point. :-)

  5. T DOG - Jul 7, 2010 at 7:31 PM

    wat is dis guy talkin about. wat u mean sorry. i love sheed. he has alot of heart for the game.

  6. Adrian - Jul 8, 2010 at 2:36 PM

    Yo, I agree with everything everyone has said previously. This dude has absolutely NO idea what he is talking about…AND it is obvious he wasn’t paying attention to the Celtics during the postseason. Rasheed fits in great with the Celtics, and I pray he comes back for another shot at the title. You’re talking about one of the most talented power forwards of his generation, and a proven NBA champion. He was one of the few I trusted with the ball in his hands during the playoff.
    Dude, you need a reality check!!! Do us a favor…write articles for badminton or ping pong….not for basketball and definitely not for the CELTICS.

  7. Not Bad at All - Jul 8, 2010 at 3:59 PM

    Umm, no. Sheed coming back would be a very good thing. Spell minutes for Jermain O’Neal, maybe they will bring Kwame Brown in as he is a legit post defender (that’s all the C’s ask for from the 5 spot) and can rebound.
    The C’s lost it on the 2nd, 3rd & 4th chances by not being able to rebound. The Laker length CLEARLY affected them. If those multiple offensive opportunities are prevented by somply securing boards, the C’s hold the lead and do not wilt.
    They were a PJ Brown (big body post defender & rebounder who does not need to score) away from a 2nd title in two years. Sheed will help, and being paired with Jeremaine O’Neal (just signed), and if they bring Kwame Brown (league minimum to simply defend)…that would be a 3 man rotation until January and then with Perkins getting back into the fold (less than a year removed he won’t be 100%, but 70-80% of Perk defending the post is still very good) there you have 4 bodies to rotate at the 5, Sheed moreso at the 4.
    It’s not an issue at all. The only stickler would be his high salary for the next two years. But a totle would ease all of that pain.
    If Laker fans were truely secure, no need to come to Boston Celtic articles and comment. They knew how close the C’s were…. so does Doc and Danny, as well as Bosh, LeBron, & Wade.

  8. Not Bad at All - Jul 8, 2010 at 4:12 PM

    Typo, 2nd title in 3 years. the Tensile

  9. Not Bad At All - Jul 8, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    Typo, 2nd title in 3 years. The C’s were 6 minutes away.

  10. Rasheed is the King! - Jul 10, 2010 at 6:58 AM

    Ok, Sheed did not have a great reg. season. But he played great in the playoffs. You say his ppg average went down, well I guess that’s expected when his minutes per game went down as well. Gee, who woulda thought? Quit hating Rasheed, he’s got more heart than any player.

  11. yeswedo - Jul 11, 2010 at 9:00 PM

    yes we do. perkins is coming off surgery. jermaine oneal is nothing special anymore. and a rookie from turkey. i would say yes we do need another center

  12. #1CeltsFan - Jul 18, 2010 at 6:01 PM

    you dont know what your talkin about. i would welcome back sheed.

  13. redscigar - Aug 4, 2010 at 4:14 PM

    kel, sheed is a defensive BEAST! and as far as not getting the love? id love to see sheed back in green!

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