Ben Wallace: "I'm not retired"

Ben Wallace was in town for the Pistons game on Friday, and although things seemingly didn’t work out for him to return to the Pistons, Wallace still sounds like a man intent on playing this season. From Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News:

“I’m not retired,” Wallace said. “It’s a good chance I’ll be playing again. Nobody wants to file those (retirement) papers, that’s a hassle.”

Wallace, 38, believes something will happen soon to make a way for him. It’s important to note he said he’d never wear a jersey other than the Pistons’ red, white and blue, so one has to wonder if a spot will open up — or if he’s willing to back off that statement to get back on the court.

Wallace noted to Goodwill that he’s been inspired watching Rasheed Wallace’s solid contributions to the Knicks this season. It’s still hard to see the Pistons finding a spot for Wallace, unless a trade is in the works (please let their be a trade in the works). And I know Wallace has said he doesn’t want to play elsewhere, but he’s still an able-bodied and defensive-minded big man, so that makes him a fit on just about any contending team. The Heat and Celtics could both use a player like Wallace, and so could a team like the Clippers, where he could reunite with Chauncey Billups.

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