|Posted by shawn cassidy on September 28, 2013 at 5:15 AM|
I haven't spoken much about Gerald Wallace. He's been missing in action, until now I guess. He's not liked for the fact that he has three-years reaming on his deal worth $30 million. He's got some good qualities for a team that's full of young talent. A few years ago, Wallace was looked at in a different light. Now he's a cancer to many, and I get it. He puts a damper on the Celtics cap situation.
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge quipped that like many of us, he too was looking forward to seeing the 6-foot-7 forward.
A Wallace sighting appears to be on the horizon with C's coach Brad Stevens telling reporters Thursday morning at a Coaches vs Cancer breakfast event that Wallace was expected in town today.
"I've shared texts with him and talked with him real briefly," Stevens said. "I look forward to seeing him today."
And the Celtics wouldn't mind seeing him regain the form he had a couple years ago when he was one of the better high-energy, multiple-effort forwards in the NBA.
"I've obviously watched him play a lot of basketball," Ainge said. It's interesting ... Gerald got a good contract in Charlotte. He was their best player when they went to the playoffs. That led to a big payday for him."
Indeed, Wallace has played at a high enough level at seemingly every stop of his NBA career, and was rewarded each time with a lucrative, multi-year contract.
He is currently heading into the second year of a four-year, $40 million deal he signed with the Nets.
However, Wallace struggled most of last season and was among the players that Brooklyn was aggressively looking to move following their first-round exit last spring.
The length of Wallace's contract was arguably the biggest drawback for the C's when they traded away Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry and D.J. White (he has since been waived) for Kris Humphries, Wallace, Keith Bogans, Kris Joseph (he has since been waived) along with three unprotected first-round picks.