Saturday , Feb , 21 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Wallace, James cleared to join Pistons

Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Forward Rasheed Wallace and guard Mike
James were cleared to play for the Detroit Pistons Saturday, one day after
being pulled from a game because paperwork for a trade had not been certified.

Wallace and James were acquired in a three-team trade Thursday, but were
pulled at halftime of Friday’s 88-87 loss to Minnesota. The two were cleared
by the National Basketball Association late Saturday to join the Pistons.

The Atlanta Hawks traded Wallace to Detroit in a deal that also involved the
Boston Celtics. In addition to Wallace, Detroit acquired James from the
Celtics. Meanwhile, Atlanta acquired forward Chris Mills from Boston and
center Zeljko Rebraca and guard Bob Sura from Detroit. Also, the Hawks
will obtain the rights to Milwaukee’s 2004 first-round draft choice, which
Detroit previously acquired from Denver.

The Celtics got guards Chucky Atkins and Lindsey Hunter, both of whom were
with the Pistons, Detroit’s 2004 first-round selection and cash
considerations.

The deal was held up because of issues related to the paperwork for Hunter and
Mills.

Wallace’s stay in Atlanta was brief. He played just one game for the Hawks,
scoring 20 points and grabbing six rebounds in a loss to New Jersey on
Wednesday after being dealt from Portland.

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