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Nearly a third of Boston’s turnovers are caused by Gerald Wallace whenever he’s on the floor. That level of carelessness has crippled Boston’s rhythm and only begins to explain why its offense is 1.0 point per 100 possessions worse off when the 31-year-old is on the floor.
Wallace still can’t shoot. He’s attempted five mid-range shots all season and is horribly below average from behind the three-point line. The good news is that 62 percent of his attempts have come in the restricted area, where he still looks like an NBA player.
But 68.3 percent of his made field goals there are assisted. He can still cut into space and play very good on-ball defense, but Wallace’s worth as a regular contributor on any team, let alone one headed for the lottery, is nonexistent.
Convinced he can’t be traded? Hold on, it gets worse. Wallace’s contract is fully guaranteed through 2016. He stands to make another $20.2 million combined over the next two seasons.
From a dollar-to-production ratio, Wallace has one of the worst contracts in the league. Moving him is impossible without the inclusion of at least one first-round draft pick.
All salary figures used in this article can be found at ShamSports.com.
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