Rasheed Wallace: The Boston Celtics' Newest Acquisition

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Rasheed Wallace: The Boston Celtics' Newest Acquisition
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Rasheed Wallace was signed by the Boston Celtics with their mid-level exception signing, setting Wallace up to earn between $5.6 million and $5.8 million over each of the next two years.

The signing of Wallace is probably a sign the C’s will not attempt to retain free agent Glen Davis, who will use his playoff performances as leverage to obtain a solid contract.

Assuming that Davis is not brought back, the Celtics will have Kevin Garnett, Leon Powe, Kendrick Perkins, and now Wallace as the major pieces of their big-man rotation. Rasheed is well out of his prime, but he still brings veteran experience and talent to the table. Last season, he averaged 12 points per game and 7.4 rebounds per game.

Wallace led the league in technical fouls last season, and was followed closely by another Celtic: center Kendrick Perkins. Perk did a good job toward the end of last season keeping his language (both words and body) in check. I don’t expect to see Rasheed getting as many techs this season as he did last year, simply because Garnett will whack him if he hurts the team.

I expect Wallace’s attitude to follow suit as Stephon Marbury’s did last season, as Marbury was instantly humbled with a championship opportunity. Rasheed declined bigger money offers from teams such as the Oklahoma City Thunder, obviously so he could get one more shot at a title.

I like the signing of Rasheed, because he brings a similar amount of talent for a cheaper price than Glen Davis. Davis certainly would be a sign for the future, but there are many teams in the league (Sacramento Kings, Thunder) who would gladly pay more than the Celtics would be willing to give for the talented forward.

Also, IT adds a perimeter shooting threat for the Celtics’ second unit. This means that while KG, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen are resting, the Celtics will not only have the streaky shooting of Eddie House and a possibly rejuvenated Stephon Marbury, but a player who can post inside or hit the long-range dagger. Also, it will allow the Celtics to keep Powe as a presence down low, as he will not be called upon to make jump shots.

Even though Wallace is old and does not have as bright a future as Davis does, he possess a similar skill set down low, but a far more viable outside shot.

I expect Doc Rivers to cook up some situations and tactics where Wallace, Garnett, and Perkins can be playing at the same time, giving the Celtics three dominant big-men.

In all, the Celtics have found a solution for a now likely Davis walk.


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