As reported last night by the New York Daily News, the Pistons are in extended talks with former Piston Rasheed Wallace, to rejoin the Pistons franchise, only this time as a coach. Detroit News Reporter Vincent Goodwill, confirmed the reports from the New York Daily News about Wallace, saying talks are “very real.”
Rasheed would join Mo Cheeks staff as an Assistant Coach that would help develop the Pistons young big men Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond, and Tony Mitchell. Wallace played under Cheeks back in Portland for 4 years, before Cheeks was released by the Blazers, and Rasheed was traded.
The ironic thing about this situation is that Sheed has always been known as a “coach killer.” He did it in Portland, as well as Detroit, yet it sounds like the Pistons want to see Wallace back on the sidelines, only this time in a suit (if he even has one).
Wallace is the first known candidate to join newly hired coach, Mo Cheeks’ staff along with Cheeks’ former Assistant, as well as longtime friend back in his Philadelphia days, Bernard Smith. The two are the only known candidates for the assistant coaching jobs, but Cheeks expects to have a staff set by the time the NBA tips off its NBA Summer League in Orlando.
Around the NBA
- Former Piston Head Coach Lawrence Frank, and his assistant back in Detroit Roy Rodgers, have agreed to join newly hired head coach Jason Kidd in Brooklyn. The two will join Kidd in Brooklyn, along with some familiar faces Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, whom Frank coached in Boston under Doc Rivers.
- The deal between the Boston Celtics and the Brooklyn nets that would send Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to Brooklyn for picks, Gerald Wallace, and Marshon Brooks, has been agreed on in principal, but can not be processed and be made official by the NBA until July 1oth.
- The New Orleans Pelicans made a blockbuster deal that sent the sixth pick in the draft Nerlens Noel and a 2014 1st round pick to the 76ers for All-Star Jrue Holiday and 42nd overall selection Pierre Jackson.