Lakers Rumors: 5 Reasons Why Rasheed Wallace Would Be a Bad Signing
With the Lakers needing to make an impact move, the squad will turn to...Rasheed Wallace?!?
According to reports from last week, the power forward will come out of retirement and sign with the Lakers.
Although the signing has not been confirmed by the franchise, it would definitely be a questionable acquisition.
Let's take a look at five reasons why signing Wallace would be a bad move for the Lakers...
Technical Fouls, Technical Fouls, Technical Fouls
Technical fouls and Rasheed Wallace pretty much go hand in hand.
Let's face it: Wallace plays with great emotion—an emotion detrimental to himself as a player. He exhibits no restraint out on the floor, and as a result, it comes at the cost of his respective team.
Wallace not only holds the record for the most technical fouls in one season, but he also has the most of any player in NBA history.
In the 2000-01 season, he had 41. For his career, he has 304 technical fouls.
In essence, Wallace is a loose cannon, a volatile bully without upside. He'd be too much of a headache for a veteran team not needing any distractions.
One of his patented technical fouls could come at a less than opportune time. He, in theory, could gift the opposition points during crunch time of a playoff game.
That isn't something Kobe Bryant nor the rest of the roster wants.
Existing Logjam in Front Court
What minutes will Wallace get?
Both Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol average over 30 minutes a game (34.8 and 37.0, respectively). In addition, both Troy Murphy and Josh McRoberts are there on the pine.
Bynum and Gasol are logging big time minutes right now, and those totals will only increase as the race for playoff position intensifies.
At this point, Wallace would be getting spot minutes—not the minutes that a sixth man would be receiving.
Also, why bring Wallace out of retirement when you signed McRoberts to a multi-year deal before the season started?
There's ample depth in the front court, making a possible acquisition of Wallace puzzling.
He Won't Give the Bench What It Needs
The bench does not need a 37-year-old malcontent jump shooter.
A quick, athletic guard who can score in bunches and penetrate the lane is what's desperately needed. A creative player who can put pressure on the opposing defense is something that the Lakers truly lack in the second unit.
Both Steve Blake and Andrew Goudelock have been solid of late, but more production needs to come from the reserves.
The anemic second unit of the Lakers is producing the fewest points of any bench in the NBA currently.
Wallace won't help in that category.
Out of His Prime/Potential Toxic Pairing
In his prime, Wallace was one of the most talented power forwards in the game.
Right now, he's not in his prime. Not even close.
At 37, how much does he have left in the tank? He's been sitting on his couch for this past season, and there's no telling what kind of shape he's currently in.
Also, how would a strong personality like Wallace mesh with Metta World Peace? The duo was involved in the infamous "Malice at the Palace" in 2005.
With two hot heads (three if you include Matt Barnes) on the roster, there could be some verbal spats and unsettling incidents.
Doesn't Improve Team in Areas of Need
There's no secret as to where the Lakers need help.
The No. 1 need? Point guard play.
Second? Help at the small forward position.
With the possible acquisition of Wallace, it doesn't address any of the Lakers' most pressing needs. He could be a serviceable backup, but it won't solve the problem of being torched nightly by the opposing team's point guard.
Also, he won't make up for World Peace's pathetic output offensively.