Boston Celtics: Gerald Wallace a Tough Pill to Swallow

By Rob Lunder
Boston Celtics, Gerald Wallace
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The Boston Celtics completed one of the biggest trades in franchise history last week that saw the organization send Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets in a blockbuster deal that finally saw their tenure end in Boston. GM Danny Ainge finally felt it was time to blow up the roster and start from scratch. The main pieces coming back to Boston are three first round picks and Gerald Wallace, a talented but surprisingly unproductive forward based off of last year’s statistics.

The problem with taking on Wallace is that his contract flat out stinks. He has three more years left on his deal and is owed $30 million. The Nets foolishly gave up a first round pick last season to the Portland Trailblazers to acquire Wallace. Unfortunately for the organization, the pick turned out to be Damian Lillard, the consensus rookie of the year last season. The Celtics can’t change the past, but in order for the deal to work, they had to take on Wallace so that the salaries could somewhat match on each side.

The Celtics will do everything in their power to trade Wallace. The problem is that there are not too many teams looking for a $30 million forward who averaged less than ten points per game last season. The Celtics cannot amnesty him due to league rules, so they are most likely stuck with him for the next three seasons.

They probably can stomach the deal based on the fact that once his deal expires, they will have a ton of financial breathing room to work with. The Wallace part of the deal is not desirable, but Ainge unfortunately had no choice in the matter.


Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team home page on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18

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