By Pat O'Rourke
Former Celtic and longtime NBA big man Rasheed Wallace is close to joining the Detroit Pistons coaching staff, according to Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News.
Wallace was spotted at the Amway Center in Orlando Monday wearing a polo shirt that sported a Pistons logo, and was on the sideline talking to players during the team’s Summer League contest with the Celtics.
The 38-year old Wallace, who announced his second retirement from the NBA in April, will join newly-hired Pistons head coach Maurice Cheeks, who coached Wallace in Portland from 2001 to 2004.
Wallace signed with the Celtics in July of 2009 after playing parts of six seasons in Detroit, winning his lone NBA ring in 2004 and making another appearance in the Finals in 2005. Though he signed a three-year deal, he played in Boston just one season. In 2009-2010, his lone season with the C’s, he played in 79 games, 66 of which he came off the bench, averaging 9 points, 4.1 rebound in 22:30 per night. The Celtics went to the NBA Finals that season before losing to Los Angeles Lakers in seven games.
The Pistons have made no official announcement, but are expected to in the near future.