Friday , Jul , 23 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Rasheed remains in Motor City

Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – The reigning NBA champion Detroit Pistons
Friday re-signed forward Rasheed Wallace to a multi-year contract. Per team
policy, terms were not disclosed.

“I’m definitely glad to be coming back here,” said Wallace. “It’s good. It’s
definitely great to be back.”

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.

“We are pleased to have reached an agreement with Rasheed Wallace,” said
Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars. “Rasheed played a key
role for us during the title run and keeping him here in Detroit was at the
top of our offseason priority list. His talent and unselfishness on the court
will continue to pay dividends for our team as we move forward.”

Wallace averaged 16.0 points and 7.8 rebounds in 68 total games last season.

The Philadelphia native 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.