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Rasheed Wallace may come back. Sorry Celtics fans.

Jul 4, 2010, 12:08 PM EST

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 NBA.com.

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. Kel - Jul 4, 2010 at 12:35 PM

    What are you talking about? He had a lousy season, but played really well in the Playoffs, which is all that matters. He redeemed himself by playing great defense, hitting some big threes, and making nice post-up shots. It might be better if he didn’t come back, but it wouldn’t be terrible. The Celtics were just a few bad calls (Gasol travelled) and a Perkins’ injury away from another title. With the injury, 5 points away, so don’t give me that. This take is just a little more than harsh.

  2. Fan - Jul 4, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    Please confirm that Rasheed is back, I want Rasheed to be back, he has helped us a lot.

  3. rohan jain - Jul 4, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    this is why i don’t read nbc sports. kurt hein has no idea what he’s talking about.

  4. Anonymous - Jul 4, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    we do need a center lol

  5. Celtics Nation - Jul 4, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    Celtics Nation wants Rasheed back. Why are you pretending to know anything about what the Celtics fans want?

  6. ripmod - Jul 4, 2010 at 1:38 PM

    All the years you spent covering syncronized swimming did nothing for your basketball acumen. Wallace was simply the best player on the court when it mattered most. He proved he is a true champion and a Celtic through and through. Welcome back Sheed!!

  7. James Garay - Jul 4, 2010 at 1:40 PM

    You wanted Celtics, you got him Danny.

  8. Courtney - Jul 4, 2010 at 1:43 PM

    I am a Celtics fan and there is nothing to be sorry about. Rasheed worked is butt off for the Celtics, even when he was injured and in pain. He never complained and played hard. I am glad that everyone is coming back for another year. GO CELTICS!

  9. GREG - Jul 4, 2010 at 2:28 PM

    he was the only big man for the celtics i trusted in the playoffs he could rebound look at garnet and the way the ball went through is hands on rebounds or instead of grabing it he tipped it. He also to me is much better than big baby

  10. jfree781 - Jul 4, 2010 at 2:41 PM

    rasheed only played hard when rasheed felt like it, which was about 30% of the time. The celtics need a young aggressive big man who plays with intensity all the way through the reg. season and into the playoffs. not a 35 yr old who feels like he has nothing to prove and puts himself before the team. I can’t believe people here are actually excited about sheed coming back. age and lack of capable big men lost us a title this year, why bring back an old, mediocre at best big man for another season. wake up people!!!

  11. Lakers4Lyfe - Jul 4, 2010 at 3:55 PM

    God bless Rasheed. The Lakers thank you for changing your mind and totally screwing your teams chances of making the playoffs for the forseeable future. If you thought last years Celtics were old and ready for courtside wheelchairs, wait until next season :)
    God bless you Rasheed.

  12. bigjay24kobe - Jul 4, 2010 at 3:57 PM

    he was the 2nd best player on the floor in game 7 for the celtics. he was the reason why they stayed so close in the game. especially since they didnt call half the fouls he committed. he did what garnett didnt do and that was rebound. but alas, it wasnt enuff. lakers 3-peat next year…..ahhhhh

  13. Jim - Jul 4, 2010 at 4:26 PM

    Are you a Bostonian, or even a Celtics fan? If not, then don’t put words into the mouth of Celtics Nation. I’m a huge Celtics fan living in Boston and given the current situation with perkins out and lack of free agent options, Sheed coming back at least partially fills a big hole in our lineup. It not a worst case scenario.

  14. someone who knows more than you apparently - Jul 4, 2010 at 5:01 PM

    wow,”Celtics nation just got a little queasy”. are you outta your effin mind????? You should stop writing… enough said.

  15. JediMaster - Jul 4, 2010 at 5:01 PM

    I must agree with the comments thus far — I hope ‘Sheed comes back. Yes, he’s aging and slowing down, but when it counts he still plays great ball. He did a superb job filling in for Perk, and I think he’s still got something worthwhile in his tank.
    If this is true, I’m not about to complain. Welcome back ‘Sheed. Favor the post over the three, and we’re cool.

  16. ONCE AGAIN SOMEONE WHO APPARENTLY KNOWS MORE THAN YOU - Jul 4, 2010 at 5:03 PM

    “Boston fans were not feeling Wallace” WHAT PART OF BOSTON WERE YOU IN??????

  17. mE - Jul 4, 2010 at 5:20 PM

    fu

  18. RICH - Jul 4, 2010 at 5:21 PM

    BOSTON SHOULD GO WITH DAVID LEE. NOT WALLACE

  19. SP - Jul 4, 2010 at 5:44 PM

    This is a horrible article. I am a Lakers fan and was glad that he retired because he ALWAYS gives the Lakers all kinds of problems dating back to his Portland days and most recently with the Celtics this past Finals.. His toughness, rebounding, spreading the floor with his outside made him a key contributor in the Finals and the 2nd best player for the Celtics (behind Rondo). To say that him coming back is anything less than a positive for the Celtics (EVEN at his age) is simply wrong. So, you kurt helin, are a complete IDIOT with no basketball acumen whatsoever.
    And while we are at it, Lakers4Lyfe is an idiot as well.

  20. SP - Jul 4, 2010 at 5:46 PM

    This is a horrible article. I am a Lakers fan and was glad that he retired because he ALWAYS gives the Lakers all kinds of problems dating back to his Portland days and most recently with the Celtics this past Finals.. His toughness, rebounding, spreading the floor with his outside made him a key contributor in the Finals and the 2nd best player for the Celtics (behind Rondo). To say that him coming back is anything less than a positive for the Celtics (EVEN at his age) is simply wrong. So, you kurt helin, are a complete IDIOT with no basketball acumen whatsoever.
    And while we are at it, Lakers4Lyfe is an idiot as well.

  21. celtgrn4lyfe - Jul 4, 2010 at 5:47 PM

    wow kel please as a celtic life long fan stop making us fans look like morons, dont speak for us the celtics played a great series and the lakers played a great series stop trying to place blame (gsasol traveled, perkins got hurt) all of us know that didnt decide the game both teams were hurt and both teams got away with lots of things in game 7 (bynum barely playing bcuz of bad knee, the sheed no call on kobe, or the no call on gasol from kg) yes there were missed calls for both teams but bottom line they both played hard and left it all on the floor, I hate the lakers but im sportsman enough to admit the lakers played harder in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th, look at the score the lakers outscored our team in all of the final 3 quarters, out team had a chance to win but couldnt so stop making excuses for the celtics and lets just hope they are back in the finals next year.

  22. Joe - Jul 4, 2010 at 6:29 PM

    Rasheed works his butt off? Are you talking about a different Rasheed Wallace? Rasheed is an extremely gifted player…at both ends of the floor. He could have been one of the all-time greats at his postition with half a work ethic. All sources close to the Celtics say he never was in the physical shape he needed to be this year. He did play better in the postseason and did have a good overall game 7, a game that was separated by 5 points. The question to ask is….if Rasheed had just kept himself in decent shape, would he have had to ask out of game 7 like he did, and would that made up for those 5 points. We’ll never know, of course, but how can any Celtics fan not be irked that 6 million wasn’t enough to get this bum into shape.

  23. JeremyM - Jul 4, 2010 at 8:10 PM

    I’m glad to finally meet an honest Celtics fan. I am a Lakers fan and if the Celtics had won game 7 of the finals I would be saying the same thing. The Celtics played an amazing finals and they deserved the Championship as much as the Lakers did. As much as I hate the Celtics, it was a shame that one team had to lose.
    As a fan of the NBA, it was amazing to see a game 7 of two NBA heavy weight teams. This was by far the best NBA finals in years. The league is lucky a balance of elite teams in the East and West. I am looking forward to next season.

  24. Anonymous - Jul 4, 2010 at 8:32 PM

    I disagree completely I love Wallace!! I think he’s a good player who works hard and brings strong emotion to the game. Without him and the rest of the bench the playoffs would have gone must differently, not in favor of the celtics. When I heard he was going to retire I was very upset, but thought his reasons were good. I understand we could use some younger players, but would not call Wallace a “problem.”

  25. SPROUSE99 - Jul 4, 2010 at 8:54 PM

    Rasheed comes back and you’ll have to send jerry west to another team to have him trade their best player to the lakers for …um..NOTHING!

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