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Report: Rasheed Wallace works out for Miami Heat

Posted on: March 8, 2012 2:09 am
Edited on: March 8, 2012 2:13 am
 
Rasheed Wallace and the Miami Heat. Really? (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver 

It's about that time of the year for title contenders to stock up on veteran talent for the playoff push. But, really?

Fox Sports Florida reports that the defending Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat recently worked out retired forward Rasheed Wallace.
A source close to the situation confirmed Rasheed Wallace has worked out with Heat, but source said he hasn't decided if he'll play again. Source on whether Rasheed Wallace would be interested if Heat wanted to sign him: "It’s something he may consider.’'
    
Source said Rasheed Wallace staying quiet on if he might play again because "doesn't want to cause a lot of hoopla'' if decides against it.
Wallace, 37, last appeared in an NBA game in June 2010, more than 20 months ago, as a member of the Boston Celtics. During the All-Star break, he was linked to the Los Angeles Lakers in a report, but so far nothing has officially materialized. Reports of a potential comeback previously arose in January 2011 and back in January of this year. During the lockout, Wallace played in the North Carolina Pro-Am. Austin Rivers, the son of Celtics coach Doc Rivers and a freshman guard at Duke University, dunked over Wallace during one of the Pro-Am games. 

The Heat always seem interested in big bodies, and were reportedly linked to free agent center Joel Przybilla before he signed with the Portland Trail Blazers in February. It's not clear what Wallace would bring to Miami -- besides hilarious jokes and sideline antics -- that Miami's big man rotation of Chris Bosh, Udonis Haslem, Joel Anthony, Eddy Curry, Dexter Pittman and Juwan Howard don't already provide. The Heat already has old age and hard fouling pretty well covered.

Wallace posted career averages of 14.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game during a career that included stops with the Washington Bullets, Portland Trail Blazers, Atlanta Hawks, Detroit Pistons and Boston Celtics. Wallace was fairly durable into his 30s, playing at least 75 games in five of his final six seasons. According to Basketball-Reference.com, he made more $156 million in salary during his 15 NBA seasons.

Hat tip: Pro Basketball Talk
Comments

Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2012 6:00 pm
 

Report: Rasheed Wallace works out for Miami Heat

Beleive me you want no part of Wallace! He is a cancer and the only thing he does well is get technicals! He is a complete waste of time!!



Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2012 12:38 pm
 

Report: Rasheed Wallace works out for Miami Heat

Wasn't he supposed to go to the lakers?  Multiple reports said he signed there but he did not!  Hmmm -- would he work on the Heat?
He could provide more energy than Juwan howard I'm sure....but Wallace is no Dexter Pittman!



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