Not to be outdone by the likes of Cleveland and Orland, it looks like the Celtics might being the midst of making one of the bigger moves of the off-season’s free agent period which officially begins this week.
On Sunday night the Boston Globe reported that ‘Sheed has committed to becoming a member of the Boston Celtics. Wallace decided against meeting with other potential contenders this week. The decision came after Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, owner Wyc Grousbeck, Doc Rivers, and Danny Ainge made the trip to Detroit to convince ‘Sheed that Boston was the best fit for his services.
I rank this move just slightly above the Cavs acquiring Shaq and light-years above Orlando’s acquisition of Vince Carter.
The last big memory of Wallace for C’s fans came during the 2008 Playoffs. Wallace blew up following being kicked out of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals. He said, “All that bull[expletive]-ass calls they had out there. With Mike [Callahan] and Kenny [Mauer] — you’ve all seen that [expletive]. You saw them calls. The cats are flopping all over the floor and they’re calling that [expletive]. That [expletive] ain’t basketball out there. It’s all [expletive] entertainment. You all should know that [expletive]. It’s all [expletive] entertainment.”
As you might expect, Wallace was fined $25, 000.
With veteran teammates around him that he respects and already has a relationships with (especially KG), I do not see ‘Sheed’s on-court antics being a detriment to the team in 2009-2010.
Wallace commits to Celtics [Boston Globe]
Pistons’ Wallace fined $25K for cursing, criticizing officials [ESPN]