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Rasheed Wallace To Retire From NBA After 15 Seasons

By Randall Stevens   /   Published 08/12/10

Rasheed WallaceFollowing a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 7 of last season's NBA Finals, the Boston Celtics have waived veteran forward Rasheed Wallace, as he plans to retire from the NBA.

The 35-year-old played 15 seasons in the NBA.

"We would like to wish Rasheed and his family the best as they move on into the next phase of their lives," said Danny Ainge, president of Basketball Operations of Boston. "He will always be a member of the Celtics family."

Technically, Wallace is free to sign with another team before his retirement papers are final, but his agent said its highly unlikely

The Celtics didn't have any room for Wallace after the addition of Shaquille O'Neal and Jermaine O'Neal this off-season, so they decided to waive him after he revealed after Game 7 that he planned to retire.

Wallace averaged nine points and 4.1 rebounds in 22.5 minutes per game last season for the Celtics, who signed he signed with as a free agent in July 2009. In the 2010 NBA Finals, he averaged 6.1 points, three rebounds and shot 34.5 percent from behind the arc.

He was drafted into the NBA with the fourth overall pick in the 1995 Draft by the Washington Bullets. A year later, he signed with the Portland Trail Blazers and remained there until 2004.

Then, in 2004, the Blazers traded Wallace to the Atlanta Hawks and then to the Detroit Pistons, where he won an NBA title in his first year and stayed in Detroit until 2009.

Throughout his career, he averaged 14.6 points and 6.7 rebounds.

  • b.k. da wrestler

    Boston Celtics made a decision 2 waive Rasheed cause Shaquille&Jermaine O'neal are new to the team. He accomplished his goal as a member of Detroit Piston as NBA Champions in 2004,So Rasheed Wallace needs to enjoy his retirement after 15 years of his service in NBA.

  • Nick

    Good luck rasheed!

  • Kobe

    If he does decide not to retire I hope he comes back to Detroit! That would be awesome it would be like 2004 with no Chuancey...

  • Marisol

    Thanks for and unforgettable 15 years!!! I have been a Wallace fan forever sorry to see ya go.....

    Congratulations and good luck!!!

  • MZIKE

    COME BACK TO DETROIT FOR ONE MORE SEASON AND THEN RETIRE AS A PISTON

  • MZIKE

    I AIN'T READY TO NOT SEE YOU PLAYING YET ONE MORE PLEASE.

  • Bonnie

    Sure wish Rasheed would reconsider.
    I really liked it when he played for the Postons. I could go to the palace and see him in person. Have a great retirement Sheed and good luck to you and your family