It's Official: Rasheed Wallace To Knicks
Rasheed Wallace is reportedly a New York Knick.
HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: Sheed is back.
It's been two years since Wallace played an NBA game, last suiting up for the Boston Celtics in 2009-10. Maybe it's just me, but it doesn't seem like he was gone that long, does it?
Sheed's last season in the NBA was 'largely" a forgettable one due to issues with his weight and looking out of shape for essentially the entire season. Even with that in mind, Wallace averaged 9 ppg in 22 mpg coming off of the bench for the first time in his career. Speaking of his career, he has averaged 14.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.8 apg and 1.3 bpg in 15 NBA seasons.
So what does this mean for the Knicks? They will be interesting, as always.
Wallace and Marcus Camby will form one of the oldest, if not the oldest, low post back up combo in the league and that's not even including 39 year old Kurt Thomas. Not to mention Jason Kidd running the point.
Wallace is familiar with Kicks head coach Mike Woodson during his time with the Pistons when Woodson was an assistant coach under head coach Larry Brown and Wallace was the starting power forward. The Pistons won the 2004 NBA title and were reknown for their tough defense, a Woodson coaching staple. Is that relationship what lured Wallace out of retirement? Potentially.
It's a nice low cost, low risk move for the Knicks, a squad that was in dire need of leadership from one of its players, a fact which was particularly evident during the playoff series loss to the Heat last season. If Amare and Mello are the best playe0s on the courtr, they certainly weren't leaders in terms of the locker room.
The amount of money that Wallace signed for is still unknown at this point, but if it was for any guaranteed money, which is what is being speculated, it would be a one year deal worth the veteran minimum of $1.7 million.
Some "minimum", huh?
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