Ben Wallace is the forgotten man, at least for now, for the Detroit Pistons, who may come back after a year absence if the franchise can remember what he’s capable of as a defensive player.
That may seem like a long shot, but some Pistons observers have suggested the team look at Wallace for its final roster spot. There’s no consensus now who else they might sign, and if there is no player out there that would make a major impact on the franchise, what’s wrong with Wallace?
His name has come forward considering that two of his teammates have also come back to the Pistons: Chauncey Billups as a guard and Rasheed Wallace as an assistant coach. All three were on the 2004 NBA title team.
It’s only a proposed idea, but since general manager Joe Dumars made the moves to get Billups and Rasheed Wallace back to Detroit, it’s not out of the question that he would look at Ben Wallace.
He will turn 39 in September, so Wallace likely has a year left in the tank. He was the NBA’s Defensive Player of the year four times. He showed he could play two seasons ago, although it was in a reserve role. That would be the case again, but Wallace would provide as valuable of minutes as anyone else the Pistons could sign. He will not help the team on offense, but his defensive abilities would come in handy. Wallace still has enough skills to get the job done.
Dumars should sign Wallace and see what happens.