With no official announcement made just yet, you can expect one to come in the near future. Former North Carolina Tar Heel and Detroit Piston Rasheed Wallace will be returning to the Pistons this year.
Wallace is expected to be formally introduced as a new member of the Detroit Pistons coaching staff any time now. He played for Detroit from 2004 until 2009 and was a key piece to their 2004 NBA Championship. He’s played for the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks in his time since departing Detroit.
The Pistons have not made a formal announcement on Wallace’s impending hiring, nor on any of the Oklahoma City assistants who will come to Detroit to join Maurice Cheeks’ staff, but Wallace is on the bench for today’s game against the Boston Celtics.
Wallace will serve the Pistons as a big-man coach after several weeks of discussions between the two sides.
With a reputation for being a smart and talented player Wallace will be working with the youthful inside, big players. More specifically Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond, and Tony Mitchell.
His deal with the Pistons as an assistant coach for Head Coach Maurice Cheeks is said to be a two year agreement. With the bigs of this team needing all the help they can get, this move should be a move that was needed and succeed in the long term.
So Wallace will not be testing the waters of the NBA Free Agency rather he intends to coach. Teams that were interested will not have to look else where in free agency to fulfill a need for a big post player.