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November 29, 2013 Updates

Wallace is owed $30.3 million through the 2016 campaign and reports indicate the Celtics are actively looking to move the veteran should a deal emerge. Wallace’s production has steadily deteriorated since he made the All-Star team in 2010 as a member of the Charlotte Bobcats. Since that time Wallace has logged time with Portland, Brooklyn and is now seemingly languishing in Boston. HoopsWorld

November 20, 2013 Updates

But the key to the whole Knicks-Celtics negotiation is Wallace, who Boston is "desperate to trade," according to the source close to the Celtics. The source added, "That's the only way the Celtics take Amar'e." With the Celtics in rebuilding mode, they'd like to wipe Wallace's more than $10 million salary through 2016 off of their books. Bleacher Report

Interestingly, according to a source familiar with the Knicks' previous free-agency plans, they and the Celtics actually explored trading Wallace, Humphries and Courtney Lee for Stoudemire and Shumpert over the offseason. Now that the Celtics envision Avery Bradley as their shooting guard for the future—"They like him at $6 million a year," the source close to the Celtics said—they don't have a need for Shumpert. Bleacher Report

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In light of this, it’s not surprising to learn that the Celts have tried to discuss Wallace in trades, though with $10.1 million coming his way this season and the next two, the options are limited in this regard. Boston Herald

“My thing about that is I don’t ask for trades,” Wallace said. “I don’t like to be traded. You know, once I get a place where I’m comfortable, I just want to know what’s expected of me and what my role is. For a guy that goes out and puts 110 percent of himself into it, you’re giving your all and you just want to know that. This is nothing against coach Brad (Stevens). Everyone has to figure out how we need to play with each other and how we can play together defensively and offensively to get the best out of each other. “The thing is, the season starts so fast. It’s more like learning on the job. It’s not like college where you have that time to get to work as a team and grow and understand and see your players. In fairness to coach Stevens, he’s having to watch during the season to figure out his rotations and what guys like to do and how they play. I mean, that’s tough because these games actually count. Boston Herald

Gerald Wallace isn’t complaining. He isn’t offering a tale of woe. Let’s get that part straight. The NBA veteran is simply admitting the obvious in response to direct questions and looking for ways to make things better in what is now a very trying and fluid situation with a Celtics team in makeover mode. “It’s hard,” Wallace said. “It’s like starting from scratch zero with this team and trying to figure out what direction they’re headed in and what pieces they’re going to put together. For me, I’ve already been through that situation. I was on an expansion team in Charlotte. I’ve established myself. To have to start all over on a team that’s starting from scratch is very difficult.” Boston Herald

It’s clear that Wallace, like his team, is searching for answers and a formula that will work. “The problem is trying to figure out my role within the team and the situation that I’m called for,” he said. “Last year I had trouble with that in Brooklyn, trying to figure out what was expected of me within the team. Now I come here and pretty much everybody’s looking to see what their role is going to work out to be, what style of play we want, what kind of team we want to be. And when you’re in a situation like that, for me, it’s very difficult at this point in my career. “But it doesn’t change how I approach this. I’m here to work. At the end of the day, we’re still playing basketball and I love this game. I love to play basketball, and when I’m out on the court I’m going to give 110 percent. I just want us to do well. Guys are getting frustrated. I think the main thing I’m saying is that if guys were more zoned in on what was being expected of them, we’d be OK.” Boston Herald

October 16, 2013 Updates

The small forward, whom the Nets traded in Billy King’s franchise-altering blockbuster deal with Boston, carries a different attitude about his former team. “(The Nets) have to point the finger at somebody like I was the guy to take the blame,” Wallace told the Daily News before Brooklyn’s 82-80 victory . “And that was the reason I was traded.” Wallace, 31, said this was just his feeling because he hadn’t talked to anybody in the Brooklyn organization. That’s part of his issue. After he signed a $40 million contract and was being hailed as an integral part of a championship contender, Wallace was dumped unceremoniously, without “the courtesy call of saying, ‘We’re thinking about trading you,’ or, ‘We’re going to trade you.’ “Didn’t even get a courtesy after the trade to tell me I’ve been traded.” New York Daily News

But when Pierce left to go stretch, Gerald Wallace cast a stark contrast in the same locker room. The small forward, whom the Nets traded in Billy King’s franchise-altering blockbuster deal with Boston, carries a different attitude about his former team. “(The Nets) have to point the finger at somebody like I was the guy to take the blame,” Wallace told the Daily News before Brooklyn’s 82-80 victory . “And that was the reason I was traded.” New York Daily News

Wallace, 31, said this was just his feeling because he hadn’t talked to anybody in the Brooklyn organization. That’s part of his issue. After he signed a $40 million contract and was being hailed as an integral part of a championship contender, Wallace was dumped unceremoniously, without “the courtesy call of saying, ‘We’re thinking about trading you,’ or, ‘We’re going to trade you.’ “Didn’t even get a courtesy after the trade to tell me I’ve been traded.” New York Daily News

September 30, 2013 Updates

Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge noted last week that he had yet to communicate with Wallace in the aftermath of the summer blockbuster that delivered the 13th-year veteran to Boston. Wallace, who arrived in Boston late last week, admitted at Boston's Media Day on Monday that being traded for a third time in 30 months rattled him and, facing the prospects a rebuilding process, it took the 31-year-old Wallace some time to process it all. But he stressed that Boston's fresh start in no way diminishes his excitement to play here. "I think the main thing that a lot of people that have taken out of this is that I didn’t want to come, I didn’t want to be here, I didn’t want to be a part of it. That’s so far from the truth," said Wallace. "I think the main thing was, with me being in the league for 13 years, I’ve been traded three times in the past three or four years. This trade kinda caught me off guard, I didn’t see it coming. I didn’t know anything about it. ESPN.com

"It wasn’t like my agent talked to me about it and said, ‘There’s a possibility there might be a trade' or something. I was basically sitting at home with family and friends, we were sitting around the table, playing cards and getting ready to watch the NBA draft, and, bam, it hits the screen. I don’t know anything about it. It kinda caught me off guard, it put me in shock. You kinda sit down and look at yourself and wonder what happened. Is there something I could have done better to stay... "I'm actually happy to be here in Boston. I’ve always loved the city of Boston when I came here. Besides, I’m a Red Sox and Patriots fan, so I’m close to my teams. I’m happy to be here, and I want to be here. A fresh start, it’s kinda hard when you’ve been in the league 13 years, coming somewhere that’s got to start all over. But for me, I think it’ll be challenging, trying to turn this team around like I did in Charlotte, kinda help these guys out, and push as far as we can here." ESPN.com

August 16, 2013 Updates
July 13, 2013 Updates

The Boston Celtics have officially announced a trade that will send Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for a long list of players and draft picks. Among the players coming to Boston are Gerald Wallace and Kris Humphries. However, CSNNE Celtics insider Sherrod Blakely has learned that the team may be looking to deal those two. Wallace has three years left on his contract, while Humphries has only one year left on his. CSNNE.com

July 12, 2013 Updates

The Brooklyn Nets have acquired Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry and D.J. White from the Boston Celtics in exchange for Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks, Kris Joseph, Keith Bogans and three first round draft picks (2014, 2016 and 2018), as well as the right to swap first round picks in 2017, Nets General Manager Billy King has announced. NBA.com

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