Report: Rasheed Commits to Celtics
His exceptional shooting skills, solid defense and toughness would be a help for any seasoned club, but all the Celtics could offer was a mid-level exception (about $5.6 million to $5.8 million) for two seasons. Wallace, who turns 35 in September, is close friends with Kevin Garnett, so much so that he was criticized by teammates for his hugging of Garnett after the Celtics eliminated the Detroit Pistons from the playoffs in 2008.
Wallace indicated that he was going to take a few more days to make a decision, but apparently he informed club officials that he plans to sign on July 8.
The question for the Celtics is what can they expect from Wallace. He averaged 12 points per game last year, the lowest since his rookie season with the Washington Bullets. He also shot a career low 41.9 percent from the field, a testament that he has become strictly an outside shooter. In his second NBA season, Wallace shot nearly 56 percent from the field with the Portland Trail Blazers.
Do the Celtics need a finesse power forward who is primarily a 3-point shooter? Wallace may need to do some more dirty work in the paint to help the Celtics, who may not have unrestricted free agent Leon Powe next season. Wallace did pull down 7.4 rebounds per contest for the Pistons, but his final season in Detroit was a disappointing one for the team and himself. Can the mercurial Wallace revive himself in Boston? Especially when he won't be the first, second or third option? That will be the pressing question for coach Doc Rivers.