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The Rasheed Wallace era is over

Chuck - Red's Army August 10, 2010 Uncategorized 10 Comments

The Celtics finally reached a buyout agreement with the soon-to-be-retired Rasheed Wallace.

The Boston Celtics announced today that they have waived forward/center
Rasheed Wallace after coming to a mutual agreement following which
Wallace plans to retire.
“We would like to thank Rasheed for everything that he did for this team
and organization last season,” said Danny Ainge, Celtics President of
Basketball Operations. “We would like to wish Rasheed and his family the
best as they move on into the next phase of their lives. He will always
be a member of the Celtics family.”

No word yet on the buyout number. Danny Ainge tried to shop the expiring contract, but was unable to find a partner.

Wallace was a huge disappointment last season (averaged 9 points, 4 rebounds in 22 minutes). He was out-of-shape and horrible from 3 FG (28%). While he cranked up his defense a notch in the playoffs, his numbers were still sub-par (averaged 6 points, 3 rebounds in 17 minutes). He does deserve credit for playing with a back injury in the Finals.

In the end… he fell far short of expectations. Ball don't lie.

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  • greenbeand

    i think there were options. things always come up during a season and why not wait for a disgruntled player to demand a trade? regardless a roster spot opens and this team is built for a deep run into the playoffs. DA off season grade: B+

  • Joseph

    Make sure to save the same post next year for Shaq.

  • BigMck

    Maybe… but I’ve lowered my expectations for Shaq. He was looked upon as a key piece in Phoenix and Cleveland.

  • Scott

    I still don’t understand how we didn’t manage to trade this contract earlier in the off season when people were trying to clear cap space like crazy.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p0115709edd57970b G4L

    What a great Ending… Ball Don’t Lie!!

  • Johnny

    I don’t understand this for two reasons:
    1. Why would the Celts pay him a buyout? If he wants to retire, just let him walk.
    2. With expiring contracts supposedly so valuable, how is Sheed’s worth nothing in trade?

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/perkinsben Ben

    whoa where is the respect? Sheed gave every thing he had in the playoffs! NOT a disapointment for a 35 yearold bball player. He had a fantastic career. Sheed don’t listen to posts like this, pay them no mind. there will always be a need for sheed, and by the way come back for next years playoffs ;)

  • Josh

    I’m wondering if they do it this way, will they possibly be able to bring him back in Feb for a run at the playoffs (a la cassell, brown)?
    I know with the sign + trade that wasn’t an option.

  • BrickJames

    Here’s why, plain and simple:
    - His contract is guaranteed – a buyout saves the team money (instead of him faking injury a la Theo Ratliff, et al.)
    - The money saved = cap room
    - Ra WILL be in green come 3/1/11. PJ Brown 2.0. Mark my words.

  • Scott

    Money saved = cap room? No kidding…but who exactly are we going to use that cap room on? There is no body left on the market. I also wouldn’t be so positive Sheed will come back for the stretch run.