Thursday , Jul , 22 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Pistons and Rasheed agree on deal

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) – The reigning NBA champion Detroit Pistons are
expected to announce Friday the signing of free agent forward Rasheed
Wallace.

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 16.0 points and 7.8 rebounds in 68 total games last
season, is expected to sign a five-year deal worth about $57 million.

Wallace, who turns 30 before next season, will be one of five returning
starters for the Pistons. He will be backed up by Antonio McDyess, who was
signed to replace Mehmet Okur.

DET