We've all heard the rumors that the Celtics might bring back trouble maker Rasheed Wallace in time for the playoffs and provide the Celtics will some extra big man depth. Rasheed has been seen at times around the Celtics locker room and as an occasional visitor to the practices.
However, on December 30, general manager Danny Ainge went on Boston's sports radio and said that the Celtics have absolutely no need for Rasheed Wallace.
Despite the injury to Kevin Garnett, Ainge said, "I’m not sure there’s room for Rasheed, unless we just have a whole bunch of injuries. Right now our center position, we have three healthy centers, we have a fourth one that’s not too far away in Kendrick Perkins." The question is, is Rasheed Wallace better than Shaquille O'Neal, Jermaine O'Neal and Semih Erden?
Also, Rasheed Wallace doesn't play the same position as KG, so the connection between Garnett's injury and Wallace's return is moot. "I don't see him at the same position as KG," Ainge said.
The Celtics GM went on to say that he's more worried about the health of the Rajon Rondo and Delonte West as well as the increase in minutes with Paul Pierce and Ray Allen.
Nevertheless, the rumors still have life with today's report from Stephen A. Smith stating that Rasheed will come out of retirement and wants to rejoin the Celtics "because he wants another shot at the Lakers in the NBA Finals."
According to ESPN's Chris Forsberg, "One Boston player, asked about the situation, said he hadn't heard any such rumors, though he suggested those in the Celtics' locker room wouldn't be opposed to such an addition."
It's hard to blame Sheed for wanting back in. Unfortunately for him, the Celtics have no room for him with since they guaranteed the contracts of Von Wafer and Delonte West last week. Ainge has already stated that he really likes the dynamics of the current team and doesn't plan on making any changes.
Kevin Garnett will not play in tomorrow night's game against the Sacramento Kings. Coach Doc Rivers said that KG is simply not ready yet, but is very close to returning. Doc reported that, "Garnett did some running on the treadmill and all the stuff in the weight room. We were on the floor, we went full-court, so he couldn’t participate. He did do some sliding up and down, I just don’t think he’s ready yet."
The Celtics are currently 4-3 without KG, having lost their last two games. Upcoming games for the Celtics include the Bobcats (Jan. 14), the Magic (Jan 17), and the Pistons (Jan 19).
Kendrick Perkins has been delayed one week before participating in full-contact team drills. The extra week gives Perk's surgically right knee more time to fully heal. Perk was held out of today's practice since "we went pretty hard and I didn’t want him out there in that. He did skeleton stuff, did some running up and down. But we had a lot of contact and I didn’t want him to be part of that," according to Doc.
Perk still expects to return within two weeks and just needs practice to remove the rust from him system.
Delonte West was seen taking one handed shots for the second day in a row. He is still extremely limited in what he can do and stated that "I’m not allowed to catch the basketball or dribble it just yet. I'm getting there. Honestly, just to get some work in." D. West doesn't have a concrete timetable for his return but hopes to be back around the All-Star break (Feb. 18).