Sunday, July 5th, 2009 at 9:17 pm  |  114 responses

Rasheed’s Coming to Boston

Do these old cars have enough left in the tank?

by Ryne Nelson

There’s a helluva lot Rasheed Wallace and Kevin Garnett have in common. They went No. 4 and No. 5, respectively, in the ’95 NBA Draft. Their intensity can drive them out of this planet when they’re on the court. They equally dangerous with their back to the basket as they are squaring from 17 feet.

They already have one championship ring. And they want some more. The Boston Globe reports that, for the first time in their careers, Rasheed and KG will be working for the same franchise:

An NBA source said tonight that Detroit free agent forward Rasheed Wallace has committed to sign with the Celtics on July 8 when free agents are able to sign. Wallace is expected to get a two-year deal using the mid-level exception (expected to be about $5.6 million to $5.8 million).

As if dealing with KG’s on-court antics wasn’t enough, the Celtics have their hands full with easily the L’s move effusive tandem. Maybe the Cs should redouble their efforts to sign the ever-levelheaded Grant Hill, who may have met with Doc Rivers today. No word yet on how this affects the Celtics’ stance toward Big Baby.

Forget the fact that the Boston will have an average age of 45.67, the Green is still capable of bringing out the cars for at least one more inspired title run next season.

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  • Ken

    I know he wasn’t trying last year, but I think Sheed could help out enough to make a difference in Boston. Certainly an upgrade over last year’s bigs.

  • http://slamonline.com YKnot

    No mo’ Powe?

  • http://www.sprint.com/pre dma

    bye bye big baby. peace powe.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the balla

    So the Cavs tried for Ariza, no deal. They tried for Artest, no deal. They tried for Sheed, no deal. Ummm, Marion, Williams, who else?

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the balla

    Sheed would help any team as long as he is willing to come off the bench, or start and not roll with a ton of minutes. And I thought Gran Hill wanted to stay in Phoenix?? It is unreal all of there trades man. I think Candice Parker should play for Atlanta!!

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    ^Pretty much Anthony Parker or McDyess are left.

  • vtrobot

    Oh God, please make this happen. I don’t care about another championship. Having Sheed here will be just as good. KG and Sheed together. Man. I’m getting a white #30 jersey. Leon, you’ll be missed, my man. Baby, you will too. You surprising a lot of people, a lot of the time.

  • http://www.milliondollamindz.com/blog MillionDollaMindz

    ^ Transformers Episode 8

    I love and hate this trade.. I love it because Rasheed is easily an upgrade in talent and skills in the Power forward and Center Position. The celtics won with a rondo and perk.. I would like for Perk to remain as a starter.. He shouldn’t be punished because of the Orlando series there are number factors that hindered the C’s from advancing..

    So yeah this trade make the east coast the most competitive conference.

    Lakers vs Spurs Western Finals
    Boston vs Cleveland Eastern Finals

    C’s win #18th !

  • vtrobot

    * surprised. Sorry, my excitement for Sheed’s arrival is messing up my typing.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    Hill would be perfect for them. The top of each conference is gonna be crazy… the bottom? Not so much. So, can the season hurry up and start already?! Artest to the Lakers is overhyped to insane levels though. Would have rather kept Ariza.

  • gio

    i like the move by C’s. They just need one more banger when they face shaq at cleveland and a back up swing man. bring back dmiles, pls. he proved last season that he can still play and he’s only 27 yrs old.

  • Momma No Like Cold

    Doc is gonna need some aspirins.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Sheed was never coming to Cleveland, they never even met him. Artest wasn’t really a target either, the meeting with Bron in LA actually never happened. The BIG miss was Ariza, I still can’t explain why he went to Houston. This is a good move for Boston, both of their back up bigs were not coming back.

  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com/ Seth

    There will be many F bombs to be had this season. Can’t wait to watch this unfold on the parquet. In other news, I think Powe would stay but Baby will prob want out and more money.

  • pj

    My goodness! It’s the 80′s all over again. Can’t wait for the season to start. The NBA, it’s fantastic!

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    AAAAALRIGHT! Sheed and KG are together is going to be very entertaining.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    The Pistons are really dumb if they don’t bring back McDyess.. They just lost all post presence now.

  • http://thegayestwebsiteever.com Big Ben

    As a Detroit fan, this is certainly bittersweet. Sheed is so much fun to watch, and now he’s gone. Still the only good interview in the league; somebody who’s never afraid to speak his mind. The NBA needs more Rasheed Wallaces. I can’t stand watching everybody give the same write-in responses to every question at every post-game interview and press conference. I mean, why even have them anymore? I mean, he’s really talented too, but I don’t know; for some reason telling the truth, even with the possiblity of a fine means a lot to me. Everybody around the league is so fake, and it gets really boring. Some good ones: He once joined the Palace fans in chants of “Fire Millen.” Rasheed on the championship belts he made for himself and the rest of the team after they won in 2004, versus the more conventional rings: “(The rings are) vicious. Joe D.(Dumars) is ahead of us, he was teasing us with the rings. Hey, I’ve just got to try to get my three. The ring? I won’t wear it. Not necessarily because that it’s a championship ring and that it’s big as hell, I just don’t wear too much jewelry. It’s going to go in a box. But I’ll wear this (the belt). I’ll wear that for sure.” And lastly, two items on his desire: 1. Allegedly told a professor several weeks following Arkansas Final Four loss that the reason he had not been attending class was that he was embarrassed to be seen on campus. 2. “…In college it was win, win, win. I don’t like losing. I’ve never had to deal with losing. When I’m out there on the floor, I might yell or do this or that. I’m trying to get the win. My whole bottom line is getting that ‘W.’ I might be more vocal or more fierce than the next player, and I get labeled a knucklehead. That comes from people who don’t know me, who just see me one night out of 365 days.”

  • http://www.myspace.com/linkstigatorkevin Kevin Wilson

    I’m really concerned about the health of the league and its middle class next season. I can honestly see five teams (Cle, Orl, LAL, Bos, SA) winning 60-plus and nobody else reaching 50.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    This is major. Always been a fan of Sheed. Boston might actually become watchable. Doc won’t have any problems since Sheed is an extremely high IQ ball player.Still don’t think it’s enuff to get past LA though. I feel the Cavs will implode because of Shaq. He’ll be preaching that cruising through the regular season ish, which will put Mike Brown in the unemployment line. The Spurs need toughness that RJ won’t be able to deliver. So Boston is now the deepest team, but Lakers will probably repeat. Orlando is still too one-dimensional and will have to sign another big.

  • http://astrokidz.blogspot.com T.J.

    I wonder how Sheed’s whining is gonna mesh wit the rest of the team

  • http://www.redsarmy.com KobeWearsAPurpleThong

    Guys, Powe is done as a Celtic. He is out until approx. February 2010 after another ACL surgery. The C’s did not offer him a new deal. As far as ‘Sheed, well, he makes us the clear favorite for the O’Brien trophy in 2009-10. And once we add Grant Hill, well, don’t get too comfortable with that trophy Fakers fans-we’ll be taking it back in about 11 months.

  • scntfc

    Me personally, Im glad to see he’s gone. It seems like he got exposed in that first series that we lost to Cleveland It’s been all down hill from there.even his 3 point shooting became inconsistent and erratic. and then with the Boston series… where they went on to win the championship he just flat out submitted. I mean dude laid down on his team mates. after detroit beat Boston the way they did in game two, they came back to Detroit and got their arse handed to them. Sheed was the reason for that you could see defeat in his face before the game even started. Hopefully he feels rejuvenated alongside KG.and has a stellar role with that team. But his time was clearly up in Detroit. Now who says Dumars doesn’t make good moves? He let the cancer walk.

  • http://ballislife.com Moose


  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    Because hoisting 7 threes a game while never venturing into the post is high IQ.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Moose, we’ll give you Gibson for Powe plz.

  • Yusuffdacelticfan

    Personally, I think Big Baby will come back and solitify their bench. If I had to pick, I’d rather go after a Matt Barnes or Dahntay Jones type player over Grant Hill. Not because Grant isn’t a good player-he’s still a great player-but the Celtics need some experienced youth comming off the bench. We(the Celtic nation) will not be able to use age or somebody getting hurt (becsause of age) as an excuse to not do well this year (we got to get banner #18). So thats why I say along with Sheed we need a young 2 guard/small forward who can defend the perimeter. Other than that I can’t wait for the NBA chmapionship rematch…Celtic vs the Lakers. Sorry Lebron-you’re my man and all-but you’re going to have to wait until you get to New York and pair up Bosh and David Lee before you get a ring.

  • http://slamonline Blaze

    hope theres no more injuries. When things get rockey Sheed quits on the team. Hes the reason the 02-03 blazers missed the playoffs (first time in like 20 years) and I dont think he even broke a sweat in this years playoffs.

  • http://yahoo.com logan

    ahhhh get outta here sheed get outta here!!- kobe bryant

  • aotearaw

    Sheed is mud now anyway, who cares.

  • niQ

    and so it is donE!!!

  • Rusty

    Boston – Most tech fouls 09-10

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Whoa. Exciting stuff. And I think Big Baby only has to gain from Rasheed’s presence.

  • http://phoenixsunsrising.blogspot.com/ Hersey

    Over/under on 60 win teams: 4.5

  • Dball2008

    I am and always will be a Pistons fan! I love watching Sheed play he is one of my favorite… But with out Billups and Sheed Detroit is building and I really see Sheed being the man to put Celtics over the top again! He (Sheed turned down some good offers for other contenders, But knowing Sheed he picked the best one Boston! I can not wait to see Sheed and Garnet playing together… Boston Celtics are going to stomp everyone! Sheed has lots of game left, and will be totally fresh on a new team… Sheed will have a great year and win a ship! GauranSheed! Go Boston!

  • http://www.nba.com JE

    I hope the Celtics keep Big Baby, but if not, I see the Cavs getting ahold of him.

  • http://www.nba.com JE

    and yes, the Celtics will lead the league in techs — but in a good way. Both Rasheed and KG’s technical counts will be down from last season, because when KG gets a tech, Rasheed won’t have to, and vice versa. Therefore, the mandatory 1 game suspension won’t be as much of a threat.

  • Jeter

    Ariza would have been a good fit in Boston. He is an exciting young defender who has experience in the playoffs/

  • http://www.slamonline.com melvin ely

    @ Joel O’s: realy? If Baby was already broken to tears by KG’s a-holery, imagine how much trauma he’ll absorb with Sheed in the mix.

  • bk10

    i think this CLEARLY makes botson the favorite to win the title this year… remember, KG and half their bigs were injured, i think thats the only reason they didn’t win the championship, but now nothing will stop us

  • Chris

    The Celtics wouldn’t have won a ring this year even if they made it to the finals, the Lakers where much improved.

  • http://twitter.com/NotebookNick thesubwayconnection

    Sheed: “Hey Kev! You or me this time?”
    KG: “Your turn, man.”
    Sheed: “Muthafugga! That ain’t a foul!”

  • chintao

    I can’t believe that I still can’t hate the Celtics the way I used to. They again have one of the most ghetto teams in the league.

  • Double J

    damn they are OLD!!!

  • Billy

    The current best starting line-up in the NBA
    They called the “Huge ’5′” ain’t “Big ’3′” no more

    PG – Rajon Rondo
    SG – Ray Allen
    SF – Paul Pierce
    PF – Rasheed Wallace
    C – Kevin Garnett

  • Billy

    The current best starting line-up in the NBA
    They called the “Huge ‘5′” ain’t “Big ‘3′” no more …………….
    PG – Rajon Rondo
    SG – Ray Allen
    SF – Paul Pierce
    PF – Rasheed Wallace
    C – Kevin Garnett

  • Big Marv

    Sheed in bean town…..?

  • T Money

    The Celtics need a decent perimeter defender.

  • T Money

    Marquis Daniels?

  • g 2 da ner

    will ben actually gonna play 4 da suns?

  • g 2 da ner

    will big
    ben actually gonna play 4 da suns?

  • Michael

    i cannot wait for the season to start…so many stacked squads (oh and so many horrible ones)

  • ab_40

    now sign leon powe to a one year offer cuz he can’t get nothing else with his injury. maybe they can sign and trade him for marquis daniels.

  • http://mynameinblue.blogspot.com Hisham

    Rondo is too young. They need to dump him and go get Kidd haha. No one drafted in this millenium should make their starting line-up.

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  • TyF

    What a brittle, old group the C’s will be. First sign of trouble RaTeed and Paula Pierce will quit – and that first sign will be another “if only” injury. They’re still not making it past the second round in the Leastern Conference.

  • fdsfsd

    wow… boston is sooo stacked

  • fdsfsd

    wow… boston is sooo stacked

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    Wait… so who the eff comes off the bench? Sheed or Perkins? Seriously.

  • MagicChicken

    Hey here’s a thought … weren’t the nuggs suppose to enter into the league’s elite (despite getting bent over a knee by the Lakers)? I wonder, are they next to make a big move to secure their spot? If so, what could they possibly do? Who do they sign?

  • michaeldott

    Hey Ryne shouldn’t it read “They are equally dangerous”

  • http://ballislife.com Moose

    @ Anton: Powe is an FA and he is gone. Go ahead. I love Leon, but there’s nothing I can do.

  • Tower

    Kevin Wilson@ I see what your saying, but you must not count out Denver Man! they are for real too, even contenders.

  • MalanaCream

    RR, ray alen, paul, Sheed and KG, omfg… i wanna see whos going to shoot the ball lol

  • Babygab

    This is sick man ! Now this season really needs to start !

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Have people seen Sheed play recently though? The paint is his kryptonite.

  • TDP

    After their in-game bromance during the 2008 ECF, it’s very likely Rasheed is moving to Boston so that he can legally marry Kevin Garnett.

  • http://dsfkl.com Jukai

    This team will either explode to 60+ wins or implode to an early playoff exit. Same for Artest with the Lakers and Shaq with the Cavs. Talk about playing with chemistry doused with oil and lit on fire.

  • http://dsfkl.com Jukai

    Damn, I mean… between Garnett and Sheed, there wont be air to breath in the TD Banknorth Garden. There will be so much cursing, it’ll overpower everything else.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    People talk about all these teams that are going to win 60… the only thing is that the Cavs, Celts and Lakers were ALREADY 60-win teams and Orlando was at 59. All three teams tweaked their rosters to varying degrees of success. Orlando got worse. LA and Boston got a bit better but lost some key playoffs performer (Big Baby and RZA). Cleveland got better ON PAPER because they didn’t give up anything but we’ll have to wait and see how they’re going to integrate Shaq into their O. Oops, my bad, they have no offensive schemes, nevermind.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    After two seasons of being basically invisible, I’d bet big money Sheed shows out with ’04-like ability playing with a talented team of vets again.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    @melvin ely: From what I recall, he has taken younger players under his wing his entire career. This includes JO, the entire Detroit bench mob.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    @melvin ely: Also, KG drove Glen Davis to tears. Right. Tee-hee. What a Big Baby. Nyuk nyuk. Laugh all you want, but if you’re a Celtic fan this is what you want from your players. Passion. Big Baby didn’t fight back too, he sat there and was upset with himself and he knew he had screwed up. But look how that helped the Celtics down the stretch? Beyond that obvious game winner, Big Baby really stepped up during this year’s playoffs. So how was that a bad thing?

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  • TADOne

    Favorites again in the East? I would say yes.

  • http://www.twitter.com/mansonovic Mansonovic

    Ferry and Brown are really dropping the ball here. They’re letting their rivals pick up some good, good players, whilst they bask in the glow of trading for Shaq.

  • vangelis sandris aka boy sanchez

    hope it works!!

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    This is gonna be fun to watch. I smell a new record of technicals for a team next season.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Blinguo

    Avg age 45.67 ?! Doc Rivers is an over 50 (if he was uh playing) I would think, but the rest of them? 35.67 sounds more accurate at that if it was a typo. But KG/Pierce/Allen are in the 33 camp? Rondo & Perkins not over 30. Ryne musta Odenized his median/law of avgs/beancounting Bean town stat there, sorry Oden(stats).

  • L

    i wish he went to the spurs instead..L

  • sw

    I’m pretty sure that was a joke there bilinguo. Guess it was lost in translation.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    These old cars have mid grade in there tank so they will come up short like the diesel!!!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    Rasheed might actually want to play like he has seen a basketball now. play wit it.

  • http://www.anwilson.blogspot.com rainman10

    I see Big Baby leaving. The green will sign an athlete for the perimeter, and before camp they will sign Powe and he will slowly work his way back and be able to give that fresh energy off the bench by seasons end.

  • RunningBrave

    I hope Sheed comes off the bench along with Big Baby. Perk is too dominant to have his role reduced to 6th man. Hasn’t Perk earned his stripes already? PLEESEE keep Big Baby and Rondo. As for Powe I hope he comes back healthy but if he don’t Boston needs some young legs to replace him too. Yes, it’s obvious the C’s are old but no doubt still talented. I just hope those bodies can hold out till the playoffs otherwise that’s it and all we C’s fans will have left is those memories, oh precious memories, from 08.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    The Celtics new nickname should be the Golden Girls.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Blinguo

    Other people usually don’t understand me(or spell my name right, extra i, maybe I should just straight “Bling Woah” it from now on) and I didn’t understand this time. Ryne doesn’t joke around when it comes to correct info. But yeah I guess he just hit 4 #’s on his Keyboard in a row, 4567.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Blinguo

    And in Ryne car news, Jerry sloan is like the prototype Model T Ford with the wooden horse on the front, because people hadn’t seen cars moving without horses before. And Deron Williams drives a 300k mile Chevy truck out there with that broken down team. He needs to hit the Auto Zone and replace those used up expensive parts.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    @ Z: I take exception to that. We know have double the elaborate offensive plays than we did before:
    1.) Give it to LeBron
    2.) Give it to Shaq
    This is the death of LeIso
    Bron’s not open? Give it to Shaq, yo

  • ADM

    Are the Celtics reviving the Schick Legends Classic Game??

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ NICK KALATHES

    nice move,3 years ago we would have to shut down the league if a team had the Celtics’ starting five…time rules everything…

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ NICK KALATHES

    by the way, the really big news of the day: ROGER FEDERER gentlemen,ROGER FEDERER….

  • werty

    how do they expect that lineup to work???!

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ NICK KALATHES

    @werty,jukai,etc…:you really think that the propabilities are against Sheed,K.G,Pierce and Ray to work together…??? i’am telling you that 2 years ago this line-up would have forced Mr Stern to intervine….

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ NICK KALATHES

    Lakers over Celtics next year with Lebron confused about his future next summer…(to go exactly WHERE…?at the lottery Knicks,Jersey ? at Miami where he would have to share the spotlight with Wade..?stay at Cleveland with the great Mo Willians? or maybe …..better go to L.A and play with Griffin Gordon,Baron and Camby…)

  • http://fsjkalf.com Jukai

    Nick: Two years ago this squad would have been considered ‘old’ but now it’s downright ancient. If they all stay healthy and gel well, they can go toe to toe with the Lakers.
    But Ray has to find his lost consistant shot, KG has to find his knees, Sheed has to find this ‘basketball IQ’ that everyone talks about him having in Portland and some of Detroit, and Pierce has to be able to recover from every fake injury he has.
    Plus, let’s see who resigns, ya dig?

  • JoeMaMa

    I still like the Spurs over these guys.

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ NICK KALATHES

    @JoeMaMa…:i wish i could say the same….(i like them over everybody in the east but not over the Lakers…)

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Are we even sure that KG is coming back at 100%? Ray Allen looks like he’s 45 every other game. Is it possible that Sheed’s poor play of late is a result of diminishing abilities instead of just not caring? I think it’s funny that Sheed always gets a pass for not showing up and choking in the clutch. He’s not and has never been an elite PF. The rep is there, the production never was. He won’t give them anything that the Powe-Davis combo wasn’t providing. Overrated as eff. Unless you like your big to jack up 3s all game long and never sniff the block.

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  • yaway

    @ Z: Shut up

  • http://www.associatedcontent.com/user/482871/cj_king.html CJK

    Wow, my two favorite forwards from the past- KG with Minny and Sheed with Detroit- joining forces in beantown. I guess I will be watching the Celtics this year!

  • Josh D

    Tis move keeps the Celts back up in the top 3 in the East and now they are possible contenders for a second ring, but their age is catching up with them(i never thought i’d say that,being a Spurs fan)

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ NICK KALATHES

    USA overcame GREECE after a tense first half to get a clear 85-69 victory at the Under19 World Championship in New Zealand….

  • http://fashionsensei.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/jackie-moon.jpg Jackie Moon

    The Best starting line up … in 2002.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Z: Sheed was never an elite PF? Are you kidding?

  • http://slamonline Blaze

    Hope they can stay healthy cuz if not, that little grey spot on sheed’s head will quickly take over his entire dome.

  • BostonBaller

    #1 How many fans really KNOW the sport? Listen, Powe is not going to be a Celtic, Ainge has pretty much said that they appreciated his contributions but with his injury they need his roster spot. It’s business. #2 While Sheed is doing pregame dances KG will be abusing the goal post. I’m amped for this season! #3 Baby may stay for less money if the other teams offering don’t have a chance at a chip. #4 It never fails that a fan trashes a player once they are no longer on their team. Yeah, it was Sheed who let the Pistons down and not the organization w/ their trades..come on people! #5 I never read that we talked to Ariza or Artest. #6 Did I mention that Powe is NOT coming back?!

  • nicko

    trade scalabrine for shaq!!

  • vtrobot

    marquis on the C’s would be nice too.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Sheed was never “elite” but he always had the same talent as the elite players. He was never as consistently good as Garnett or Duncan or Webber, but he could be as good as them on any given night, and matched up well with both of them.
    Sheed’s drop off is partially a matter of declining physical abilities, but it’s moreso about him not caring.
    Sure, he can’t jump like he used to, but he still has that great touch on the block and his lateral quickness has only declined slightly. His physical dropoff is about equal to Tim Duncan’s and Duncan can still be effective.

  • el gee

    this is nuts. Celtics lakers chip. Celts in five. book it.

  • http://yahoo.com looman40

    dealing with kg’s on court antics? u mean how he is the most intense player in the leauge, and how because of that and how hard he works he got the whole team to commit to defense and they won a chip. i think they dont mind dealing with his on court antics

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    everyone knows that only old/smart teams are winning the chips…
    this was an interesting move…imagine the ECF next season…?!?!
    And Orlando are probably on the outside looking in again..