Monday , Jan , 21 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Ben Wallace Heading for Warm L.A. Weather?


Though no one among the Bulls is going to admit it, the beginning of the end for Ben Wallace probably came Saturday night. It was against the Pistons with Joakim Noah taking all the minutes down the stretch as the ball-deflecting, shot-blocking, offensive-rebounding, bad-free-throw-shooting, bad-hair guy. It was an inevitable progression, one likely scheduled to have begun next season after a winning 2007-08.

The events of the last month probably sped up the pace, so now the question is what to do with Wallace. Ride him until there’s nothing left? Wish for a spark and a turnaround, as interim coach Jim Boylan has been hoping for? Or help out Phil Jackson? First, Wallace isn’t done. The notion is Wallace’s contract, with two seasons after this totaling $28.5 million, is unmovable. (We always say things like that and then guys like Juwan Howard and Shawn Kemp are traded.) Wallace makes sense for the Lakers with Andrew Bynum’s injury, and they can give the Bulls enough to make sense of a deal. Click here for more from the Chicago Tribune.