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Rasheed Wallace to the Lakers? That would be interesting.

Feb 1, 2012, 10:46 AM EDT

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Fun little note from Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports.

If the Lakers don’t sign Kenyon Martin, they could have interest in adding Rasheed Wallace, who contacted the team several weeks ago, a league source said. Wallace retired after the 2009-10 season, but has told friends he’s interested in returning to the NBA.

We told you before ‘Sheed wants to make an NBA comeback. The Lakers are potential contenders (although they have not played like it) who need some depth along the front line. We last saw Wallace with the Celtics two seasons ago (he was their best player in a Game 7 loss to the Lakers in the 2010 NBA finals), he can play physical inside but has shooting range to the arc. When he walked away from the game at age 35 he was still a serviceable big man, but is he still? There will be questions about his conditioning and commitment.

Boston is not bringing him back.

Lakers coach Mike Brown confirmed yesterday that the Lakers have reached out and talked to a lot of players as they take a look at roster upgrades. (That includes Gilbert Arenas, by the way.) ‘Sheed might well be on that list, too.

  1. illcomm - Feb 1, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Come back home to Philly Rasheed.

  2. trueballs - Feb 1, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Also, I think Tim Hardaway is looking for that PG spot

  3. mogogo1 - Feb 1, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    “he was their best player in a Game 7 loss to the Lakers in the 2010 NBA finals”

    That may be true…but what is also true is he looked completely disinterested for most of that season and nearly half of his shot attempts were 3 pointers, which he insisted on jacking up even though he shot 28% from beyond the arc for the year.

    He’s over-the-hill, only wanting the paycheck who is going to stand out by the three point line and hoist up shots that have little chance of going in. Does this sound like a guy any team is going to want?

  4. jumpingpolarbear - Feb 1, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Miss Rashad. Hope he comes back. Not to the Lakers though.

  5. 00maltliquor - Feb 1, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    GTFOH with this nonsence!

  6. willardj - Feb 1, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    So we could potentially have Gilbert Arenas, Ron Artest, and Rasheed Wallace all on the same team…

  7. jthammerstix - Feb 1, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Sheed can’t read!!!! Miss those days

  8. davidly - Feb 1, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Yeah, whatever, I guess if they can get him for nothing or next to it. I can’t help thinking, though, that if they wanted (like really wanted) depth on the front line, they should not have worked so hard to get rid of a key part of that.

    Water under the bridge, you say? (that’s rhetorical) And they didn’t get what they wanted in return. True. But that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be focused on getting a quick guard who can pass and shoot for chrissakes. I mean, I’m not one of those Fisher haters. He is one of the best assist/turnover guys in the league, but for only twenty damn minutes a game. I’d love to see them leave him on the court for forty for a few games, just to see what they could get out of him.

    On a related note: I heard that another superstar from a bye-bye-we-gone era is also thinking of a comeback and just so happens to have real estate in the greater Los Angeles area. That’d be a certain renaissance-man and all-around brilliant b-baller who goes by the name of Skibby MaRue!

  9. bebopa - Feb 1, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    interesting, a good word for it. The Lakers need someone, Wallace, Arenas, Martin of the three i would rather have Martin.

  10. purplerain53 - Feb 2, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    God, help us!

    If the Lakers sign anyone of these three – Arenas, Wallace and K-Mart, I am going to eat my season tickets and will never ever watch a Lakers game.This idiot, Jimmy Buss is going to destroy completely the great franchise, his father has built.God help us.

  11. pistolpete0903 - Feb 2, 2012 at 4:00 AM

    If not for his balling skills, just to have him on the same team w/metta world peace.
    That should be fun!

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