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Ben Wallace wants to return but Pistons’ roster is full

Aug 14, 2012, 11:22 AM EDT

Ben Wallace, Jordan Williams AP

Ben Wallace thinks he’s got one more year in him.

The Pistons big man has said he would come back and play for the Detroit or retire and now he wants to come back — except the Detroit roster is full, reports the Detroit News.

That really leaves Wallace — the former Defensive Player of the Year — with two options: Wait for the Pistons to open a roster spot up with a trade or play somewhere else.

A trade is possible, but likely not until training camp at the earliest and more likely into the season. The Pistons have been rumored to be willing to move Austin Daye or Charlie Villanueva, but Villanueva’s contract makes his move unlikely (at least until next year when he is an expiring contract). Daye has not impressed the past couple years (he shot 32 percent overall and 21 percent from three last season), but entering the final year of his contract a team may be willing to roll the dice. However, there are no talks to speak of going on.

And can you picture Wallace on another team at this point?

I get the feeling at this point the Pistons are moving on, but Wallace’s return is something that Pistons fans may want to watch.

  1. spellingcopfather - Aug 14, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Yes i can picture him being picked up by (my) spurs, since we love 6″9′ & under center/PF!!!

  2. kindasporty - Aug 14, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    I can picture him in a Bulls uniform. Or a Cav’s uniform. Or a Magic uniform. Or a Bullets uniform.

  3. lorddarkhelmet - Aug 14, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    I don’t think he is going anywhere. Joe probably already has a plan as to how to fit him on the roster. He was the perfect mentor for Monroe and likely will be the same for Drummond.

  4. weaselpuppy - Aug 15, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    C-Drummond, Kravtsov
    PF- Monroe, Jerebko Maxiell
    SF Tay, Maggette, Charlie V, Daye, Singler, Middleton
    SG-Stuckey, English
    PG- Knight, Bynum

    Looks like 1 more spot to me because Middleton looks like a D league guy…no way you keep an injury prone tweener 2nd rounder on the roster and stiff Big Ben

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