If you thought it was weird seeing former Piston Rasheed Wallace in a Boston Celtics jersey in 2009-2010, it's about to get weirder. 'Sheed is reportedly coming out of his short-lasting retirement to join the team he help beat in the 2004 NBA Finals, the Los Angeles Lakers [via CSNNE, H/T Detroit Bad Boys]:â†µ
Wallace hasn't played in an NBA game since Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals, alerting the C's shortly before the game that he planned to retire.â†µ
Although he had two years remaining on his contract, Wallace and the Celtics came to terms on a buy-out of the remaining years believed to be worth about $1 million.â†µ
His return to action has been rumored for weeks, fueled by a decent showing at Pro-Am tournament in North Carolina this summer.â†µ
It only became heightened by, according to league sources, a renewed conditioning regimen that apparently has him looking better than he has "in years."â†µ
Wallace's age (and lack of conditioning) was pretty evident in his final season with the Celtics, but even then -- one of his worst seasons in the NBA -- he was still a useful piece to the team. Assuming this is actually happening, it will be interesting to see how he fits in with the current Phil Jackson-less and struggling Lakers, even if it will be really strange to see him in a Lakers uniform.