Ben Wallace Set to Return to Detroit Pistons

SamContributor IAugust 8, 2009

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Ben Wallace will receive the veteran-minimum salary of $1.3 million for one season in his return to the Detroit Pistons.

Wallace is expected to sign the contract early next week.

Wallace, a four-time Defensive Player of the Year for the Pistons, left to go to the Chicago Bulls in 2006, signing a four-year, $60 million contract with Chicago.

Wallace didn’t play up to his potential with the Bulls and was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the middle of the 2007-08 season.

With the Cavs, Wallace was mostly sidelined by injuries.

After the Cavs lost to the Orlando Magic in last season’s Eastern Conference Finals, Wallace, 34, said he was considering retirement.

But the Cavs made a big move in the offseason, trading Wallace and Sasha Pavlovic to the Suns in exchange for Shaquille O’Neal.

The Suns eventually bought out Wallace's $14 million contract.

Big Ben was left in free agency, until he said he will again be a Piston.

Wallace’s career averages are 6.2 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks.

Hopefully coming back to the Motor City will bring back some passion in Ben Wallace.