Rasheed Wallace, who played his last game during Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals as a member of the Boston Celtics, is set to make a comeback and sign with the opponent he played against during the aforementioned game-the Los Angeles Lakers.
Wallace, who is 37, is reportedly set to join the Lakers, but how long will he be in the league before he calls it quits again? (Reuters/Mike Segar)
According to A. Sherrod Blakely of Comcast Sports New England, the Lakers have decided to make the move to add depth to a weak bench. Wallace's comeback has been rumored for weeks, fueled by a decent performance at a Pro-Am tournament in North Carolina this summer.
League sources who spoke to Blakely said a renewed conditioning regimen that Wallace has been keeping up with only heightened a possible comeback.
The Lakers signing Wallace may heighten the rumors of a Pau Gasol, but a front office told Barkley that Wallace's addition will only be to strengthen Los Angeles's bench.
Wallace alerted the Celtics shortly before his final game that he planned to retire. Although he had two years remaining on his contract, Wallace and Boston came to terms on a buy-out of the remaining years believed to be worth about $1 million.
Wallace has averaged 14.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in his NBA career, having played for the Portland Trail Blazers, Detroit Pistons and Boston Celtics. He also had a one-game stint with the Atlanta Hawks after Portland traded him in February 2004 before being traded a little more than a week later to the Detroit Pistons.