Lakers expected to add Rasheed Wallace to their bench

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Los Angeles Lakers were rumored to sign Gilbert Arenas, but are close to adding a retired big man. The Lakers are reportedly close to signing Rasheed Wallace, according to media reports.

He has not played since the 2009-10 season.

Former Boston Celtics forward Rasheed Wallace talking to head coach Doc Rivers against the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2010 NBA Finals
Rasheed Wallace talking to head coach Doc Rivers against the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2010 NBA Finals (Getty Images)

But at 37-years-old, he is reportedly coming back to the NBA. In his last season, he averaged 9 points and 4.1 rebounds with the Boston Celtics.

At the beginning of this season, the Lakers expressed an interest in Wallace if they did not sign free agent Kenyon Martin. Martin eventually signed with the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Lakers can add Wallace immediately because they only have 14 players on the roster. They do not have to waive a player to add him.

He is expected to add depth to the Lakers bench, but not caused a Pau Gasol trade, like many expect.

In his NBA career, Wallace, a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native, has spent time with the Portland Trail Blazers, Detroit Pistons, Atlanta Hawks, and Washington Bullets. The majority of his career came with the Trail Blazers (8 seasons) and Pistons (6 seasons).

In his career from 1996 through 2010, he has appeared in 1,088 games, including 956 starts. He averaged 14.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.0 steals, and 1.3 blocks per game in 33 minutes. 

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