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Kendrick Perkins leaving, Rasheed Wallace coming back? Not quite yet, but it is a possibility. With all the recent transactions the Boston Celtics have made in the past few weeks, how much could it hurt to add one more? In the wake of Game 7, Wallace was debating hanging up his jersey and retiring from the NBA. But recently there has been some rumors of a possible return to the Celtics, which could only benefit their chances of winning their 18th NBA title.
Stephen A. Smith was quoted this past week saying,
“He was alluding [in June] to coming back once the trading deadline expired if the Celtics needed him. He was going back and forth throughout the year. One day he wants to come back, another day he doesn’t want to come back. One minute he’s thinking about going to Orlando, the next minute he misses all the boys he was with in Boston last year. So, I simply said I think he’s going to end up coming back to Boston, because I believe that Boston is going to be the team that fights the Lakers for the world championship, and I believe that Doc Rivers is the ultimate motivator. And I think if you have an opportunity to play for Doc Rivers for a couple of months, that’s not something that you’re going to turn down. I still believe that. I still believe that Rasheed Wallace is going to come back.”
Rasheed Wallace may not have had the best numbers in last year’s playoffs but he certainly made some huge shots in big games. Wallace averaged just six points and three rebounds throughout the 2010 playoffs, but he contributed around 20 minutes per game that helped the Celtics starters remain fresh. In Game 7 when Kendrick Perkins wasn’t able to play, Wallace played 36 minutes and contributed 11 points in the loss. With Perkins now gone and Celtics big men hurting, they may need to look for some relief.
Wallace is the type of player who can come in an play solid minutes and has the capability of going on a scoring tear. The man can still be deadly from long range and his 6 foot 11 figure is a big presence in the paint. The Celtics lost a lot of rebounds when Perkins went to the Thunder, but the signing of Troy Murphy will definitely help. Having a rotation of Murphy, Jermaine O’Neal, Shaquille O’Neal, Kevin Garnett, Nenad Krstic and Glen Davis might be enough, but one more couldn’t hurt.
Wallace has been in the league since 1995 and his numbers have dropped since 2002, but the Celtics aren’t looking for a superstar. All they need is someone who can play a solid 10-15 minutes per game and grab a couple key rebounds while letting their main big men rejuvinate themselves. So Boston fans, the question is on the table. Is there a need for Sheed in the 2011 NBA playoffs?