Tuesday , Jul , 13 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Pistons keep pumping, sign Rasheed and McDyess

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) – The reigning NBA champion Detroit Pistons are
expected to announce Wednesday the signing of free agent forwards Rasheed
Wallace and Antonio McDyess.

Wallace was the team’s starting forward in 21 of the 22 games he participated
in for Detroit last season. Wallace played 45 contests for the Portland Trail
Blazers before being dealt to the Atlanta Hawks. His stay in Atlanta was
brief, as he played just one game before being acquired by the Pistons in a
three-team trade.

Wallace, who averaged 13.0 points and 7.8 rebounds in 68 total games last
season, is expected to sign a five or six-year deal worth almost $64 million.

McDyess, meanwhile, is reportedly set to ink a four-year contract worth about
$23 million with an option for a fifth season that kicks in automatically if
he plays a minimum of 60 games in the fourth year of the deal.

According to the Detroit Free Press, McDyess will help fill the void created
by the imminent departure of Mehmet Okur, who is expected to sign a multi-year
offer sheet with the Utah Jazz. The Pistons will not match the Utah offer in
hopes of having enough money under the salary cap to re-sign Wallace.

The 29-year-old McDyess has battled the injury bug the last few years of his
NBA career after averaging 20.8 points and 12.1 rebounds in the 2000-01

The injury-plagued McDyess has played in just 52 games since. He split time
with New York and Phoenix last season, averaging 6.9 points and 6.1 rebounds
per game.

McDyess was shipped to the Suns from New York as part of the Stephon Marbury