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Gerald Wallace sounds uncomfortable in Boston, like guy wanting trade

Nov 6, 2013, 9:28 PM EDT

O.J. Mayo, Gerald Wallace AP

Every time Gerald Wallace opens his mouth, it sounds to me like a guy bucking for a trade. He is trying to grease the skids out of town. It started in the preseason with his attempts at “leadership.”

However, with his contract, he may have no choice but to suck it up for a while.

Wallace was taken out of the starting rotation by coach Brad Stevens for Wednesday night’s game in Utah, reports A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com.

But Wallace’s unhappiness goes back much father than that. Wallace’s latest comment was about his role in Boston and how he feels out of place, something he explained to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald.

“It’s hard,” Wallace said. “It’s like starting from scratch zero with this team and trying to figure out what direction they’re headed in and what pieces they’re going to put together. For me, I’ve already been through that situation. I was on an expansion team in Charlotte. I’ve established myself. To have to start all over on a team that’s starting from scratch is very difficult.”

Honestly, I get where Wallace is at here. He’s 31, been in the league 13 years now and has only seen the second round of the playoffs once (2003 with the Kings). He’s gotten paid, now he wants to win not be on a team that’s rebuilding, and not be with a college coach finding his way in the NBA as well. He wants to get moved to a team where he feels the games will matter this season. I appreciate that.

But he has two years and $20.2 million on his contract after this season — combine that with the new luxury tax and what Wallace brings to the table (9.2 points a game on 39.7 percent shooting last season with a PER of 11.6) and it will be tough to move him. It can be done, but Boston might have to throw in a sweetener of some kind. Which rebuilding teams are loath to do.

Wallace needs to be quiet. He doesn’t have the gravitas or style to pull off the Kevin Garnett style of leadership. He needs to lead by example, play well enough that a team will want to take on his contract, then hope for the best.

  1. eugenesaxe1 - Nov 6, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    Dude might as well suck it up, he isn’t the same Crash he was a few years ago. Be happy you’re getting overpaid and hush.

  2. Kevin S. - Nov 6, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Dude can always go to Celtic management and see if they’re interested in a buyout. They’d probably give him half the money he’s owed to go away right now.

    • therealhtj - Nov 6, 2013 at 10:32 PM

      LOL. Yeah, that’ll be the day when one of these dudes walks away from their guaranteed contracts.

      • Kevin S. - Nov 6, 2013 at 10:45 PM

        Hey, he wants out of a rebuilding situation. I think I just outlined pretty much the only way that happens before his name legally changes to Gerald Wallace’s Expiring Contract in two years. Put up or shut up.

  3. peterjohnjoseph - Nov 6, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    He’s not making it any easier on himself with his play. Tonight was the first game he even looked mediocre. Still throwing balls away. Still not looking behind and getting stripped. He did make a sick fake on a three to hit Olynyk down low, but besides that it didn’t look like a guy who is desperate to prove he’s being moved.

    The other thing is, for anyone who has watched Celtics games this year- they really aren’t terrible (hold on…). They’ve had a 15-20 point lead going into the 3rd or 4th quarter in I believe 4 of 5 games. Fourth quarters have killed them. Offensive rebounding has killed them. Keeping pace has killed them. Turnovers have killed them. To me that speaks more to the fact that they need one proven star to not only keep pace during the first 3, but hold pace during the 4th.

    Granted the teams they played weren’t top level, but when Rondo is back, the team as it is now will at least be able to hang in there. With one or two solid proven players they could do more than that. If Wallace wants to be on a contender with his contract, his best bet might be to wait out the storm. They have the picks to be able to put something together, and plenty of players to throw away with a trade. Who’s to say that the help doesn’t come sooner than later? I don’t think Danny Ainge is on a 5 year plan here. I think its obvious with the picks he acquired he’s looking for a quick turnaround. How the available pieces he has now performs will determine whether the help comes in the form of the draft, free agents, or trade. Wallace will look like a fool if he caves now, only to see them pull an ’08 on him the next year.

  4. 00maltliquor - Nov 7, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    Wow, that contract is almost unmovable! I was gonna say work out a deal to drop him, but 2 MORE years at ten mill plus a pop? Yeah right! BKN made out like bandits! They knew what they were doing the whole time they signed Crash and Hump to those outrageous contracts.

    • spursareold - Nov 7, 2013 at 10:09 AM

      People though NJ would never be able to move it, either, with 3 years left. They did. San Antonio was able to move Richard Jefferson’s deal, almost as bad, with 2.5 years left. No contract is unmoveable if it fits into the right deal.

      • 00maltliquor - Nov 7, 2013 at 9:15 PM

        Hence the word, “almost”.

  5. pfic15 - Nov 7, 2013 at 6:23 AM

    Billy King. Only that fool would’ve paid him that much.

  6. saint1997 - Nov 7, 2013 at 7:08 AM

    I’m sorry but I really actually like what Wallace has done this season. He is making players accountable, competing hard and every Celtics highlight you see he is making a difference (setting good screens, pushing for an offensive board).

    • n2thaizzo - Nov 7, 2013 at 10:03 AM

      I would agree, but he is horrible offensively. 6 ppg over 163 minutes this season and shooting 26% from the FT line. I like how he’s trying to rally the troops, so to speak, but I think he could do more

      • dsoffer - Nov 7, 2013 at 11:22 AM

        No he really can’t. I am a die hard nets fan, watched almost every game last year. He has flashes where he will make you believe he can be something like the player he used to be and then he will follow it up with 5 games of missing layups, open shots, FT’s etc. The guy has tremendous heart and is giving you 110 percent every game. Unfortunately for him, his offense is lost and he is mainly an energy guy who can defend but is a tremendous liability on the offensive end for 75 percent of his games. Ideally he should be an energy player off the bench.

  7. brandoncrockett2314 - Nov 7, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Gerald was uncomfortable last year in Brooklyn. Same old story with him, he’s just not winning this season.

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