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(Update: Rasheed Wallace has joined the Celtics)
“These teams are muck!”
I can see it now, NBA franchises complaining all over the league if Rasheed Wallace agrees to a deal with the Celtics. It would just be unfair. When you consider Wallace even taking a sixth man type role, the Celtics are considerably stronger than the 2008 team that won the championship.
“Can there be a veto to this deal!?”
Maybe it’s not so unfair. With Shaq going to Cleveland and Vince Carter going to Orlando, the Celtics are looking to stack up too. The Eastern Conference is becoming a war zone and there will be pandemonium if Wallace becomes a Celtic.
The only concern is whether or not Wallace will be distraction, given his intensity and failures in conflict resolution class. Talent-wise, he is one of the best in the league and he has been for some time. He is 6’11 and can shoot it from behind the arc. With Paul Peirce, Ray Allen, and Wallace on the floor at the same time, teams will have nightmares thinking of ways to defend the three. And with Garnett in the post, it will be scary. Will we have to change the “Big Three” to the “Big Four?”
Garnett and Wallace are reported to have a solid relationship, and in that respect, the Celtics veteran locker room won’t tolerate any performance-damaging disruptions. Garnett is a leader that can rally his team. Remember those worries about Stephon Marbury last season that never materialized? Of course we said they were misplaced the day Marbury was traded…
One of Ainge’s first calls when free agency opened yesterday was to Wallace’s agent. His agent, Bill Strickland, responded positively, saying “The interest is mutual.”
If Wallace does sign, it won’t be for long, probably just a year or two. Even so, it shows he is intent on winning a championship. That drive alone should eliminate any worry. The rumored offer on the table treats Wallace as a mid-level exception with a $5.8 million two-year deal.
The Celtics want to make sure they win a championship next year. If they sign Wallace it will be a clear indication that they are going for the gold and stopping at the nothing to get it.
How much for a Celtics Rasheed Wallace jersey?