The Boston Celtics have been looking to trade Gerald Wallace ever since he arrived there from Brooklyn in the Kevin Garnett/Paul Pierce trade during the draft in July. So far they have failed though because of the $30.3 million that is owed to him over the next three years, according to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald.
Wallace averaged 9.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists per 36 minutes with an effective field goal percentage of 41.5. With Boston this season those numbers have all dropped to 5.7 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists per 36 minutes. His eFG% is up to 59.4 so far though. Of course, those numbers are over the span of four games which is a small sample size and will likely change as the season goes on.
Beyond the numbers, Wallace hasn’t exactly been a fit. It was necessary to include him in the trade to get the salaries to work out, but Wallace has made no effort to hide the fact that he doesn’t want to be apart of a rebuilding team. He’s also criticized the team’s effort early on which is something that has bothered the Celtics’ coaches.
“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.
“My thing about that is I don’t ask for trades. I don’t like to be traded.”
Wallace certainly doesn’t have to ask as it seems that they have been actively trying to deal him since they got him. The problem is that it’s going to be very hard. His contract is huge and it will last for three more years. It’s not even like he has the kind of production that teams are really looking for either.
They’ll keep trying to deal him though and, as unlikely as it is, crazier things have happened. After all, heading into this past offseason pretty much everyone said that the Nets would not be able to trade him and that they were stuck with his awful contract. That worked out well for Brooklyn. If it’s possible, it’s probably just going to take some time.