Ben Wallace will return to the Detroit Pistons for what appears to be a farewell tour after signing a 1-yr/$1.3M deal. After leaving the Pistons and signing a lucrative $60M/4-yr deal in July 2006 with the Bulls, Wallace’s play on the court has declined.
The 6-foot-9 center was once a dominating force in the middle battling the biggest and fiercest big men in the game. Wallace is a 4-time All-Star, 4-time Defensive Player of the Year and was part of the Pistons 2004 championship team, but that was then, now he will likely be a reserve for the team in 2009.
‘Big Ben’ will be 35 next month and his body has began the rapid breakdown that occurs as a man inches closer to 40. Wallace played in only 56 games last season with the Cavaliers and averaged 8.4reb and 1.6bpg, well below his career averages.
Yeah he’s in the twilight of his career and his hey days are long gone, but the bank account is still full. After being traded to the Suns as part of the Shaquille O’Neal deal, Wallace received a $10M buyout from Phoenix, a nice payday, especially if you didn’t even have to suit up to receive it. So don’t go feeling sorry for him just yet.