A tough season for the Boston Celtics won't get any easier Friday, as the team announced forward Gerald Wallace will be out indefinitely.
From the team's official Twitter account:
Brad Stevens says an MRI has revealed a torn meniscus for Gerald Wallace. Says Wallace had been playing with pain for some time.— Boston Celtics (@celtics) February 28, 2014
Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe has more:
Brad Stevens said Gerald Wallace has a torn meniscus and is out indefinitely #celtics— gary washburn (@GwashburnGlobe) February 28, 2014
Wallace hasn't exactly lit it up for the Celtics this season, averaging just 5.1 points and 3.7 rebounds in 24.4 minutes per game. At his current pace, the 31-year-old would see his points per game decline for a fourth straight season.
That's particularly rough for the Celtics, as they are paying him $10,105,855 this season, according to ESPN, and he still has three years remaining on his contract. In fact, Bill Simmons of Grantland named Wallace's contract as the second-worst in the NBA, behind only Amar'e Stoudemire.
ESPN Boston has more on how the Celtics wound up with his contract, and what they might do with it in the future:
The Celtics took on Wallace's deal in order to facilitate the summer blockbuster that delivered three first-round picks from the Brooklyn Nets. The question now is whether the Celtics are content to ride out Wallace's deal, or if they'd take measures to shed his cap clog sooner (would Boston use that stockpile of draft picks to entice another team to take on the bad deal?)
At one point in his career, Wallace was a steady producer. From 2004 to 2012, he averaged double-digit points every season. His best season came in 2010-11 for the Charlotte Bobcats, when he averaged 18.2 points and 10.0 rebounds per game.
But with the Celtics in rebuilding move, it would hardly be shocking if they looked to move his contract. They have two first-round picks this summer (three if the Philadelphia 76ers aren't in the lottery, which they will be), two in 2015 (three if the Sixers aren't in the lottery) and two in 2016.
If the Celtics are willing to part with any of those picks, they may be able to part with Wallace's big contract as well. We may not see Wallace in a Celtics jersey again.