Report: Ben Wallace ‘changed his mind’ about retirement and ‘is looking for a deal’


As things relate to Ben Wallace in these parts, the general thinking has seemed to be either he’ll play for the Pistons next season if they find a roster spot for him or he’ll retire. Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe raises another possibility:

Veteran center Ben Wallace has indicated that he would like to return to the NBA but it likely won’t be with the Pistons, who have begun a youth movement and plan to go with Andre Drummond, Austin Daye, and Jonas Jerebko as their primary big men. Wallace said he was retiring after last season but changed his mind in July and is looking for a deal.

Practically speaking, it makes sense. Wallace is still good enough to contribute in a limited capacity and seems to still have an interest in playing, so he should play. There are numerous contending teams he’d be a fit on, too — the Miami Heat immediately come to mind. As a fan, though, I’ll be really disappointed if he wants to play and the Pistons don’t figure out a way to bring him back. There is still a role Wallace could fill on this team and there are still ways Detroit could find a spot for him to play one more season.

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