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UPDATE (Friday, 9/28, 12:20pm ET): Perhaps this is closer to happening than we thought, as sources indicate that Knicks players are expecting a Wallace signing to happen soon, as the retired star has reportedly completed a physical with the Knicks.
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The New York Knicks, desperate for a bench big man to shore up the team's depth, have reportedly focused their efforts on retired power forward Rasheed Wallace, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman.
The Knicks are willing to take a gamble on 6-foot-11 power forward Rasheed Wallace, who retired two seasons ago after finishing a disappointing one-year stint as a Celtic.
Knicks coach Mike Woodson, who was on Larry Brown’s staff in 2004 when the Pistons won the title with Wallace as a linchpin, wants this to happen. The Knicks feel they have nothing to lose for the veteran’s minimum of $1.7 million.
The 38-year-old was last seen on an NBA floor playing with the Boston Celtics in the 2010 NBA finals, though he's been linked to a comeback a few times over the past two seasons.
While in theory bringing a former superstar out of retirement seems like a shrewd move, it seems unlikely we'll actually see Wallace in the Big Apple this season.
As Berman's article points out, 'Sheed is still comically out of shape. For Celtics fans, that's no shock as Wallace played over his normal playing weight in Boston and it showed in his statistics. Playing beyond the three-point arc more than at any point in his career, Wallace shot a career-low 40.9 percent and seemingly lost most of his defensive commitment.
The Knicks are interested, but it doesn't seem like Wallace's heart will be in it enough to make the full attempt.