HoopsHype Gerald Wallace rumors

March 2, 2014 Updates

Gerald Wallace said he could undergo season-ending surgery as early as Tuesday to repair both a torn meniscus in his left knee as well as surgery on his left ankle to clean out bone spurs. “I’m very disappointed, just the simple fact that the injury, not knowing how long I’ve been playing with it and what was going on,” Wallace said before the Celtics played the Indiana Pacers Saturday night at TD Garden. Boston Globe

“I was going to have an MRI on my ankle anyway, so I just told them, you know, while I’m there you might as well take a look at my knee just to make sure. And unfortunately it turned out to be something bad.” If he had said nothing about the knee? “I’d still be playing,” Wallace said. “The ankle was no problem. The ankle is something I’ve had since last year. I had already talked to the doctor before and throughout the season. We had already made plans to go in and clean it out after the season anyway, so the ankle wasn’t a big issue. It wasn’t a major problem for me. It was something that I could play through. It didn’t affect the way I felt out on the court playing, so it didn’t bother me at all. Boston Herald

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Figuring out how much to leave on the table from his current deal which has two years and $20.2 million remaining after this season, would not be easy. Even if it were, Wallace says he would still stick it out with the Green team. "My mom said never complain about the situation you're in," Wallace told CSNNE.com. "You can't control it. It's nothing I can do about it. I just have to take it in stride and move forward. My focus is on helping these guys become better players, help them build, help them understand what it takes to have a successful career in the NBA." CSNNE.com

Going from title contender (Indiana) to playing for one of the worst teams in the Association (Philadelphia), a buyout will certainly continue to be a hot topic of discussion. "That ain't my thing," Wallace said when asked about buyouts. "My thing is wherever I'm at, I'm gonna play and make the best of the situation and hopefully something changes or something. If not, I'm satisfied with the situation that I'm in." CSNNE.com

February 20, 2014 Updates

Gerald Wallace said his perceived lack of desire to play in Boston was a misunderstanding. “It was never about the city,” he said. “I think my whole perspective that people took out of place when I first came was me stating I didn’t want to be part of a rebuilding process this late in my career. It had nothing to do with the players, the organization, the city, the fans. None of that. It was just at my point, being 13, 14 years into the league, it’s not like I’m improving. I’m starting to decline as a player in this league and you want to be on a team that contends. You don’t want to be on a team in a rebuilding process. Everybody hates to lose, but it’s a growing pain that some teams have to go through.” Boston Globe

February 16, 2014 Updates

Gerald Wallace “I’ve actually been traded one minute before the deadline (in 2011). It was actually kind of crazy for me because of the simple fact that you go through it all day, you hear about the trades, you hear about your name being mentioned in trade talks. I actually was talking to my agent on the way to practice (for the Charlotte Bobcats). I got to the gym, talked to the coaches and the general manager. Everybody assured me, ‘You’re good. You’re not going to be traded and everything was going to be fine.’ Then I went home after practice that day and took a nap. I woke up out of my nap and the trade deadline was 5 p.m. Eastern Time. When I woke up, it was like 4:45, 4:50 and my agent was like, ‘You’re traded to Portland.’ I was like, ‘Wow.’ It was basically right at the deadline. … They never did (tell me what happened). I couldn’t even get an explanation for why the trade went down. They wouldn’t tell me, they wouldn’t talk to me. … I was pissed. Like, I’m still pissed about it. Basketball Insiders

February 2, 2014 Updates

Gerald Wallace, who left the team to return to his native Alabama after a death in his family last week, returned Sunday morning and will be available. Stevens had said before he'd make sure that Wallace was emotionally OK before worrying about throwing him back into game action. ESPN.com

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To recap, the Celtics traded Garnett, Pierce, Jason Terry, and D.J. White to the Nets 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. How did the deal come together? Danny Ainge: It did come together fairly quickly. What I was excited about was that it appeared at the time to be a great situation for everybody — I think that for Paul and KG and Jason Terry and for us. It looked like it was going to be a good situation for them to be a major contender again and be vying for a championship. Their year hasn’t gone that way, but before the season started, it sure looked like it. I think it was a happy way to make a very difficult decision. Boston Globe

Kevin McHale recently said the state of the NBA under its new collective bargaining agreement kind of forces you to make a deal like this even if you would have liked Paul to retire a Celtic. Is that fair? Danny Ainge: Well, I don’t know if it forces it, but it forces it if you want to remain competitive. And it certainly gives you a jumpstart in the rebuilding process, as opposed to not doing it for sentimental reasons. I think what Kevin is saying is, nobody wants to trade away a Paul Pierce or a Kevin Garnett — and Jason Terry, for that matter. Jason Terry, he only played with us for a year, but I love that guy. He gave a lot to us and he’s just a class act — throughout his career. But that’s nothing that anybody wants to do, and is looking forward to doing. But I think that when the opportunity presented itself, it was a deal that I had to do for the franchise. Boston Globe

People say you pulled off a huge steal. What do you think when you hear that? Danny Ainge: Well, what I felt at the time was, I thought it was a really gutsy move by Brooklyn. I admired it. I thought the way KG finished last year, and Paul — both of them looked like they had a lot of basketball left in them, as the season finished last year. And so, I felt that it was a good deal for both teams. Like, I wasn’t able to put Joe Johnson and Deron Williams and Brook Lopez around Paul and KG. I wish I could have. They still would’ve been Celtics. But we weren’t in that position, to become a contender, I don’t think. I didn’t think that Paul and KG could carry us like they had for the five or six years previous. We were a team, I felt, that was destined to mediocrity as opposed to excellence with those guys. And especially with [Rajon] Rondo being out and so forth, it was going to be a long year for us with those two guys at the stage of their careers. It wouldn’t have done them justice. So, I was happy for Brooklyn. They were taking a chance. I thought it was a really good trade. I thought it was good for us and where we were as a franchise. And I thought it was really good for Jet, Paul, and KG and for [new Nets coach] Jason Kidd. I didn’t know if they’d win a championship or not, because I knew Indiana and Miami were going to be very good, and I thought Chicago was going to be very good. But I really thought it was going to be a four-horse race in the East, with those four teams. That’s what it looked like to me when the season started. Boston Globe

January 23, 2014 Updates

Never mind. The Celtics won. Jeff Green put the team on his shoulders and scored a season-high 39 points, while the Wizards wilted with a display of selfish basketball. Boston blew a 19-point first-half lead, but Gerald Wallace made a driving layup with 2.5 seconds remaining in overtime Wednesday night for the 113-111 victory that snapped a 10-game road losing streak. ‘‘Lot of reasons to give up,’’ Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. ‘‘And they didn’t do that.’’ Green shot early and often, finishing with career-highs in 3-pointers attempted (16) and made (8). Rookie Phil Pressey added a career-high 20 points. The Celtics played without Rajon Rando, Avery Bradley and Jerryd Bayless and at one point had Chris Johnson and Vander Blue, both on 10-day contracts, on the floor together in the second quarter. ‘‘I just put myself in the position where I had to be the man to carry the team and shoot the ball,’’ Green said. ‘‘So that’s what I did.’’ Boston Globe

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