Wallace content with C's, not considering buyout

Wallace content with C's, not considering buyout
February 23, 2014, 7:15 pm
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At 31, veteran Gerald Wallace's first season with the Celtics ended with two surgeries.

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SACRAMENTO — Gerald Wallace is 31 years old although sometimes his body feels much, much older than that.

Wallace's days of being an effective player are dwindling, much like his window of opportunity to play for a title contender.

And as much as he would love to be in a more winning situation right now, the idea of asking for a buyout to play elsewhere was never a consideration.

Figuring out how much to leave on the table from his current deal which has two years and $20.2 million remaining after this season, would not be easy.

Even if it were, Wallace says he would still stick it out with the Green team.

"My mom said never complain about the situation you're in," Wallace told CSNNE.com. "You can't control it. It's nothing I can do about it. I just have to take it in stride and move forward. My focus is on helping these guys become better players, help them build, help them understand what it takes to have a successful career in the NBA."

In his 13th season, "Crash" has learned the best way to convey his message to his teammates, is to let his game and not his gums flapping, speak on his behalf.

Boston's 105-98 loss to Sacramento was yet another example.

Wallace's stat line -  eight points, three rebounds and two assists - doesn't look like much.

But considering he kept on playing despite back spasms that forced him to the bench and then literally to the floor where heated pads were applied, it was the kind of thing that resonates with a team that's filled with impressionable young players.

"Gerald's been great for us young guys," Celtics rookie Phil Pressey told CSNNE.com. "He's definitely one of this team's leaders, a guy that leads by example, for sure."

And while the Celtics were certainly open to the idea of trading him prior to last week's trade deadline, it's clear that head coach Brad Stevens loves having the veteran around.

"He's just a tough guy," Stevens said. "Just a tough guy to come out and put it all out there like that."

And he'll continue doing it for the Celtics even if he knows this team isn't a title contender - something NBA veterans are often searching for even if it means leaving money on the table by way of a buyout.

Former Celtic Glen Davis came to terms on a buyout with the Orlando Magic, and he's expected to join ex-Celtics coach Doc Rivers with the Los Angeles Clippers.

And Indiana Pacers veteran Danny Granger was traded to Philadelphia just before the Feb. 20 deadline.

Going from title contender (Indiana) to playing for one of the worst teams in the Association (Philadelphia), a buyout will certainly continue to be a hot topic of discussion.

"That ain't my thing," Wallace said when asked about buyouts. "My thing is wherever I'm at, I'm gonna play and make the best of the situation and hopefully something changes or something. If not, I'm satisfied with the situation that I'm in."