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coach Doc Rivers said Monday that Wallace is assisting the team by not
filing retirement papers any time soon.
"He's trying to help us out by waiting, which is good,'' Rivers said of
Wallace, due to make $6.32 million next season and $6.79 million in
2011-12. "He's still our property so we can use that in a trade or
something. He's doing a great thing for us.''
While there has been some speculation Wallace might not retire now that
Rivers has assured that he will return to the Celtics and star forward Paul Pierce is on the verge of signing a new
contract, Rivers said the chances are "very little or none'' the forward
will play next season.
Boston general manager Danny Ainge, joining
Rivers and the Celtics at the AirTran Airways Pro Summer League, said
that "as far as I know'' Wallace will retire. He also spoke of Wallace
holding off to help the Celtics, saying, "We're hoping that will happen.
A piece (for the team to use in a possible deal).''
Pfew. I was starting to worry that Sheed might reconsider his decision. I'm assuming the Celtics will trade the contract, but what if they can't land a viable big man in return? Is it possible the Celtics would be better off with Sheed playing another season?
The Celtics are one of three teams (Atlanta, Dallas) interested in Shaquille O'Neal, according to ESPN's Chris Broussard.
three teams, sources close to him said.
He has great
respect for Boston's coach, Doc
Rivers, a good relationship with Kevin
Garnett, and it was Shaq who gave Paul
Pierce his nickname, "The Truth." With starting center, Kendrick
Perkins, sidelined for up to six months after undergoing knee
surgery to repair a torn ACL, O'Neal would seem to be a solid
Atlanta has reportedly offered Shaq a two-year deal at the MLE (although his camp denies it). That's a bit steep for my taste.
On Page 2, the latest on Ray and Tony Allen.
terms nor speculate about what Allen might do. But asked if he believed
it was an attractive offer for Allen, Ainge said, "Yes, it is.''
Tony Allen, who played a critical
role in Boston's run towards the NBA Finals this past season, is also a
player Boston has had discussions with about coming back.
just haven't come to any agreement," Ainge told CSNNE.com. "But, yes,
we're talking with Tony."
Ray Allen is waiting for the LeBron, Wade and Bosh dust to settle before he signs anything. It's the smart business decision.
As for Tony Allen, how much of a raise will he see from the $2.5 million he made last year?
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