With many hopes and dreams of returning to the cream of the crop, the Boston Celtics managed to pull out one of the biggest offseason free-agent signings thus far, giving 34-year old Rasheed Wallace a two-year Mid-Level Exception deal worth $5.8 mill.
After a disappointing playoff run for the title last season, along with an injured Kevin Garnett, the Celtics look to head into the '09-'10 season with all the heart and determination needed to win another championship ring.
But are the Celtics Championship hopes "guaran-sheed" with this major signing?
Let's dig in.
Sheed brings an extreme amount of experience, talent, leadership, confidence, versatility, and intensity to the Boston Celtic's table. Sometimes bringing a bit too much intensity, usually leading the league in technical fouls. He can back up Kevin Garnett, as well as start at the center position if needed to.
Wallace is a four-time All-Star and will be entering his 15th season in the NBA. He currently ranks fifth amongst active members in personal fouls (2,997) and fourth in 3PTM amongst NBA players 6'10" or taller with 982 career three-pointers made.
The seven footer is one of the few players that you would absolutely love to have on your team, but would certainly despise to face up against.
Wallace is well-known for his intimidation tactics used on the NBA court, similar to those of Kevin Garnett's. Both players will now get an opportunity to team up and quite possibly emerge as the scariest duo in the league today.
But how will Sheed react when stepping onto the court in a completely new environment?
Throughout Wallace's 14 seasons, the only time he averaged less than 30 MPG was during his rookie year with the Washington Bullets.
Will Rasheed be able to adjust and post his normal figures with the sudden decline in minutes?
How about his contract? Wallace resorted to the lowest signing contract of his career, the mid-level exception.
Did he really want to go to Boston or was it literally forced and pressured upon by the Celtics entire organization?
It was stated that the Boston Celtics knocked on Wallace's front door at midnight, the minute the big man became a free-agent. In addition, at Wallace's three-hour conference with the Celtics, the organization basically tried to sway Rasheed by having Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett each attend the meeting.
Whatever Boston did, it worked.
Will the Celtics win a championship during the upcoming season?
It is too early to know for sure, but one thing we do know is that they certainly improved this offseason with the acquisition of Rasheed Wallace.