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Knicks could bring Rasheed Wallace back into our lives

Former NBA star Rasheed Wallace is potentially returning to the NBA. The Knicks are closing in on signing him to a minimum contract.

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Rasheed Wallace likely to join Knicks

Rasheed Wallace has reportedly taken a physical, and is likely to join the New York Knicks, according to Jared Zwerling.

The deal is expected to be for the veteran's minimum of 1.7 million, according to Marc Berman. Wallace, who just turned 38, was last seen by NBA fans in 2009-2010, when he was playing for the Boston Celtics. Boston lost to the Lakers in the NBA finals that season.

Overall, the 6'11 veteran has played 15 seasons with five different clubs, averaging 14.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. Wallace made it to four All-Star games, and has the dubious distinction of being the NBA's all-time leader in technical fouls, with 304.

He joins a New York roster that already features several veteran big men. Marcus Camby and Kurt Thomas, who are 38 and 39 respectively, are both older than Wallace.

In 2004, Wallace picked up his only NBA championship, when the Detroit Pistons defeated the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Rasheed Wallace initiated Knicks talks

Rasheed Wallace, who retired after the 2009-10 season, initiated contract talks with the New York Knicks and set up a workout with the club, his agent told Nate Taylor of the New York Times on Monday. The team and Wallace haven't yet agreed to a deal, which would need to be really quite cheap given the Knicks' salary cap restraints.

Wallace last played for the Boston Celtics. He'd joined the C's in 2009 on a mid-level deal, but cut it short to end his career after Boston's NBA Finals loss in 2010. Heavy rumors last season suggested a deal with the Knicks or L.A. Lakers was possibly, but Sheed never returned. New York has a veteran frontcourt led by Amar'e Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler, Kurt Thomas and Marcus Camby. Wallace is 38, younger than Thomas and Camby.

Wallace is reportedly considering the Knicks because of his relationship with coach Mike Woodson, who was on the Detroit Pistons' staff when Sheed won his only NBA title.

For more on the Knicks, visit Posting And Toasting and SB Nation New York.

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