Wallace might return, but probably not to Boston


Wallace might return, but probably not to Boston

BOSTON As reported by Yahoo! Sports, former Boston Celtic Rasheed Wallace is giving some thought to making a return to the NBA.

But don't get your hopes up, Celtics fans.

A league source told CSNNE.com Thursday night that Wallace will give the Celtics some consideration, but "he's going to look at all his options" before making any decision.

From the C's standpoint, adding Wallace would involve releasing a player with the Celtics roster now at 15 players with the recent addition of Mickael Pietrus.

Rookie center Greg Stiemsma might wind up being the odd man out if Wallace returns.

The only player kept around from the group of training camp invitees, Stiemsma's contract won't become fully guaranteed until next month.

If the C's were to bring Wallace back and decided to keep Stiemsma, they would then most likely release Sasha Pavlovic.

An Eastern Conference executive told CSNNE.com that the biggest concern with Wallace now is no different than it was when he played -- conditioning.

"Guys like Rasheed, with his skills, his game won't totally fall apart just like that," the executive said. "But you have to wonder, how much can he give you right away? And how long will it take him to get not just in shape, but basketball shape? I suspect whatever team he goes to, if he does come back, will be a team that won't need him to come in and make an impact right away."

And that, maybe more than anything else, makes the odds of him coming back to Boston longer than you might think.

With all the problems the C's are having this year with their bigs, Celtics coach Doc Rivers would look to get Wallace on the floor as quick as possible unless trainer Ed Lacerte tells him otherwise.

If you're Wallace, that might not necessarily be what you want, right now.

One thing is clear.

Based on how the C's have fared thus far this season, adding him to their current stable of bigs wouldn't hurt.

Bradley (Achilles) 'felt good' during return to Celtics lineup

Bradley (Achilles) 'felt good' during return to Celtics lineup

WALTHAM, Mass. – As the final horn blew in Boston’s 108-98 win over Charlotte on Monday night, the game was a win-win kind of night for Avery Bradley.

The Celtics (26-15) continue rolling over opponents at the TD Garden, and he played a relatively pain-free 33 minutes in the win.

It was Bradley’s first game back after missing the previous four with a strained right Achilles injury.

And the fact that he was back on the practice floor on Tuesday (be it a light practice, mind you), bodes well for his injury being a thing of the past now.

“I felt good. It wasn’t sore at all in the game,” Bradley said. “I felt I was moving good. After the game I was a little sore and this morning, but otherwise I felt good.”

Despite Boston being 4-1 this season when Bradley doesn’t play, he has immense value to this Celtics team at both ends of the floor.

Offensively he has been Boston’s second-leading scorer most of this season and currently averages a career-high 17.7 points per game along with 6.9 rebounds which is also a career high.

And defensively, Bradley is coming off a season in which he was named to the NBA’s all-Defensive First Team for the first time.

Any questions or concerns about the Achilles affecting his play defensively were put to rest Monday night when he put the defensive clamps on Nicolas Batum who missed nine of his 11 shots from the field while primarily being guarded by Bradley.

Now his offense, that’s another story.

Bradley failed to reach double digits scoring for the first time this season as he missed seven of his nine shots on Monday to finish with just five points.

But part of that had to do with Bradley passing up shots he normally takes, as well as him missing some he normally knocks down.

Considering his lay-off and the rhythm his teammates have been in shooting the ball in his absence, Bradley wisely decided to get his defensive bearings on track and gradually bring his offensive game around. 

“I have to get my (shooting) rhythm back,” said Bradley who is making a career-best 40.9 percent of his 3-pointers this season. “I’m fine. I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s game.”