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Report: Rasheed Wallace to sign with Lakers

Feb 24, 2012, 6:43 PM EDT

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I expected this about as much as I expect a “Hangover 2″ to win the Best Picture Oscar.

Rasheed Wallace is close to signing with the Los Angeles Lakers, reports A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com.

His return to action has been rumored for weeks, fueled by a decent showing at Pro-Am tournament in North Carolina this summer…’’

It only became heightened by, according to league sources, a renewed conditioning regimen that apparently has him looking better than he has “in years.”

When last we saw ‘Sheed he was probably the Celtics’ best player when they lost Game 7 of the 2010 NBA finals to the Lakers. That was the series where Kendrick Perkins blew out his knee and Wallace, forced into extra minutes, performed well.

The Lakers could use depth along the front line. They let Lamar Odom go to Dallas for just a trade exception and brought in Josh McRoberts, who has seen his shot attempts go down and his turnovers go up as he has struggled to fit into the Lakers offense.

Frankly the Lakers could use help everywhere — after Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum it is a steep drop off to the rest of the roster. Like Niagara Falls drop off.

It’s unclear how much Wallace as left in the tank, his last season he gave the Celtics 9 points per game in 22.5 minutes, shooting a good 53.4 percent. His three point shot had deserted him that season, but he still was a solid big man. The Lakers could get that.

But Metta World Peace and Wallace in he same locker room? That could get interesting.

  1. rick1v - Feb 24, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    WTF?!

    I can’t think of a player any Laker fan would be less excited about the Lakers signing?

    By the way, can he play point?

    Jim Buss, SUPER GENIUS!

    • stadix093 - Feb 24, 2012 at 7:00 PM

      Than you. Thank you and thank you. Hand over team to Jeanie ASAP Dr Buss, we are becoming a joke here.

  2. SmackSaw - Feb 24, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Seeing him in a Lakers uniform will give me an idea of what it would be like to live in an alternate universe.

  3. phx1311 - Feb 24, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    you always have spelling errors in ur article. step ur game up!!!

    • theonlysaneblazerfan - Feb 24, 2012 at 8:08 PM

      Says the guy spelling your “ur”, hahaha!

      • mayhemmatt300 - Feb 25, 2012 at 4:27 AM

        he’s not the professional writer.. ur funny… not

  4. mogogo1 - Feb 24, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    “When last we saw ‘Sheed he was probably the Celtics’ best player when they lost Game 7 of the 2010 NBA finals to the Lakers. That was the series where Kendrick Perkins blew out his knee and Wallace, forced into extra minutes, performed well.”
    ______________________________________

    This is all true. What is also true about Rasheed’s 2010 season is as follows:
    1) He looked completely disinterested for the vast majority of that season.
    2) Nearly half his shot attempts for the year were 3-pointers…and he shot 28% from beyond the arc and STILL kept on throwing them up.

    Perhaps his being in better shape now demonstrates a renewed commitment to the game, but conditioning wasn’t his biggest problem in 2010–his mentality was. As he showed in the playoffs, he still had the ability to play down low, but during the entire regular season he was happier standing out by the arc throwing up threes. Will he have any better attitude with the Lakers than he did on a veteran Celtics team?

    • jimeejohnson - Feb 24, 2012 at 7:58 PM

      Nope!

  5. pistolpete0903 - Feb 24, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    I guess both the parties negotiated hard for the deal!!!

  6. losangelasbasketball - Feb 24, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    I like this deal, even though sheed is a clown

  7. Josh - Feb 24, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    Are Allen Iverson or Dennis Rodman next?

    • therookie773 - Feb 25, 2012 at 3:06 AM

      *IS

  8. sunsation3413 - Feb 24, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    How funny is it to see the Lakers so desperate.

  9. p1nch3dloaf - Feb 24, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    Raweed…I miss that 6′ 10 jumpshot with the pigeon drop…Jailblazer daze, yo!

  10. qdog112 - Feb 24, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    Next Sessions or Calderon. I’d say Calderon since he and Gasol played together.

  11. mcjon22 - Feb 24, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    What, Antwone Walker wasn’t interested in signing? This is laughable and just plain dumb. Might as well sign Iverson while they are at it. Somewhere Phil Jackson is laughing

  12. muhangis - Feb 25, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    What’s with all these lame clowns commenting? We love Sheed here man. He’s hell of alot better than Steve Blake, World Peace, Ebanks, Troy Murphy, Kapono, Morris, McRoberts, Goudelock, and Luke Walton I’ll tell you that!

    No one else can play every position on the floor and do it effectively like he does. And he’s one of the baddest players all-time in the NBA! Love him here

  13. mytthor - Feb 25, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    This is a really good signing for the Lakers. Sheed, even if he can’t shoot any more, is long and can pass the ball to the post and from the inbounds, which the Lakers lack since both of those things were Odom’s responsibility. He also has a high basketball IQ and can play the 4 or the 5, which will ease the minutes for Bynum and Gasol.

    Lakers still need a ballhandler like Sessions or Calderon (honestly I prefer Sessions, but get whichever is cheaper), but the Lakers are over the cap which means this deal is for the vets minimum, so it’s not a big risk.

    Here’s what the Lakers need:

    Walton: retire for back problems so the Lakers get the insurance money.
    Artest: Amnesty.
    Fisher: Retire. Coaching staff.
    Keep AT LEAST 1 (preferably both) of the first round picks for next year. Really need the infusion of youth.

    And the last piece is the point guard. Sessions I like better because Calderon is a terrible defender and Sessions is just bad. But Calderon is a better shooter. If you can get either for just the trade exception, that’s the one to get. Don’t give up more than one pick.

  14. 00maltliquor - Feb 25, 2012 at 2:21 AM

    You stole that “Niagra Falls dropoff” line from Kelly Dwyer of yahoosports from a Laker blog he did yesterday, Kurt.

    00maltliquor comment deleted in 3…2…1………

  15. 00maltliquor - Feb 25, 2012 at 2:41 AM

    Great, this is the Laker organization I should come to expect from now on, huh? What, Vlade Divac didn’t return his missed phone calls? Sam Perkins didn’t check his voicemail?

    All they are doing is compounding their depth proplems with more problems. This better be a 10 day contract just to test him out. I’m fumming right now.

  16. 00maltliquor - Feb 25, 2012 at 3:10 AM

    Nah, you know what guys, I’m cool with this. It’s not like we needed a point guard or a real starting small forward with that last roster spot we had. Yeah, we definatly need the experience that good ol’ ‘Sheed brings because we are so young and inexperienced. This is very much the move that needed to be made to put us back in contention, signing a player that was done already a year and a half ago which, coincedently, was the last time he threw on an NBA jersey. Bravo, Jimmy,
    bra-F’ing-vo.

    • mytthor - Feb 25, 2012 at 5:14 AM

      Dude. Relax.

  17. omniusprime - Feb 25, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    An interesting concept having a too-old Rasheed Wallace playing for the Lakers, but a foolish one at that. Time to replace Jim Buss with Jeanie Buss and find someone to replace Kupcake as he has gone off the deep end as regards player acquisitions. Are the Lakers trying to force us Laker fans to abandon the team we’ve loved for so long? The disappointing loss to OKC proves the Lakers need younger players, not old geezers like Wallace. Plus where the heck is our new young point guard at? Not to mention Fire Mike Brown, the most incompetent coach in the NBA!

  18. chiadam - Feb 25, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    What the **** happened to the Lakers? A few months ago we were talking about them gunning for Paul and Howard. Then they got Paul. For a few minutes. Now they’re signing Rasheed Wallace based on a strong showing a Pro-Am? And who even knew basketball had those? Were Ray Romano and Bill Murray involved?

  19. savvybynature - Feb 25, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Is this in anticipation of a trade? That’s the only way this makes much sense to me. Sure, ‘Sheed is a decent third big to have on your roster, but this just doesn’t address any of their needs. Even without a move though the Lakers are more of a threat than people realize. They can still pose matchup problems for other teams w those two 7-footers.

    • passerby23 - Feb 25, 2012 at 1:00 PM

      I agree, the Lakers problem is that they can’t generate any perimeter offense outside of Kobe and they have no reliable PG to run the offense. There are no creative shot makers. Even with a rejuvenated and “committed” Rasheed, it doesn’t give the Lakers what they need. Unless, you’re right, they are making one last kick at the can by trying to move one of their 7-footers for another scorer/point guard.

  20. losangelasbasketball - Feb 25, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Holy Sheed.

  21. jumpingpolarbear - Feb 26, 2012 at 2:58 AM

    I miss Sheed. Come back to whichever club :)

  22. fouldwimmerlaik - Feb 26, 2012 at 7:32 AM

    I say bring back that darn triangle offense and you don’t need to get a prized point guard. That little man Buss is ruining everything. Give the franchise to Jeannie! Sure, he owns the Lakers franchise, but then again, that franchise won’t be earning that much if not for the millions of Lakers fans that follow their games…

  23. rickb56 - Mar 20, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    This just in from Sportscenter:

    Wallace to the Lakers…and the Pistons have just resigned Magic Johnson…

    Larry Bird comes out of retirement…joins him…

    Are you kidding? As much as i liked watching Wallace play with the Pistons back in the day..this guy is past his prime…way past.

    This i why I dont see pro basketball around in 10 years…too much stupidity…too much greed.

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