NBA Rumors: Lakers Must Sign Rasheed Wallace After Veteran's Link to Heat

David DanielsSenior Writer IMarch 8, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 15:  Director Spike Lee gives Rasheed Wallace #30 of the Boston Celtics a five during half time of Game Six of the 2010 NBA Finals between the Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on June 15, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Now L.A. does indeed need Sheed.

Two weeks ago, Comcast Sportsnet’s A. Sherrod Bailey reported Rasheed Wallace’s plans to unretire and sign with the Los Angeles Lakers. The news was initially met with disgust from Lakers fans who were anticipating a bigger catch, but after the latest development in the Sheed sweepstakes, L.A. must sign the veteran forward.

Wallace has yet to sign with a team and FOX Sports’ Chris Tomasson tweeted on Wednesday that:

A source close to the situation confirmed Rasheed Wallace has worked out with Heat, but source said he hasn't decided if he'll play again.’

— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) March 7, 2012


Los Angeles can’t afford to let their media-created rival bolster their frontcourt. 

The Lakers' only advantage over the Miami Heat, besides Kobe Bryant being clutch and LeBron James being a choke artist, is their length. While he’s 37 years old, the 6’11”, 230-pound Wallace hasn’t shrunk just yet.

He would also bring toughness to the paint—something that the Heat need with Chris Bosh at the 4. 

Signing Wallace would not only prevent Miami from getting longer and tougher, though. Believe it or not, he’d improve the Lakers as well. He still got...just watch:

Never mind…wrong clip.

Anyway, in Wallace’s last season with the Boston Celtics, he averaged 9.0 points and 4.1 boards a contest coming off the bench. You can’t possibly tell me that he wouldn’t be an upgrade to Troy Murphy as the Lakers' first big coming off the bench. Big Bird’s long lost brother is averaging just 3.7 points and 3.8 rebounds per game this season.

And if Pau Gasol were to get traded in the next week, all of a sudden, the need for frontcourt depth would become even more drastic. Throw in the fact that Sheed would combine with Kobe, Metta World Peace and Matt Barnes to form the greatest trash-talking quartet heard in the modern era, and he’s a must-sign.

Lakers fans, don’t act like you wouldn’t enjoy hearing "ball don’t lie" said to the other team for once.


David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.