Rasheed Wallace has officially come out of retirement to sign with the New York Knicks, the team announced Wednesday. The Knicks being the oldest team in the NBA just got a little older by signing the 15 year veteran forward. The deal is a non-guaranteed contract for the veteran’s minimum worth of 1.7 million dollars.
Wallace, a former first round draft pick by Washington, went to the University of North Carolina. The former, USA Today High School Player of the Year, will be the Knick insurance policy for their big men. Wallace has played in 15 NBA seasons for five different organizations, but has not played since 2010 when he was a member of the Boston Celtics. The former Tar Heel also brings some post season experience having played in 177 career playoff games and has one NBA Championship while playing for the Detroit Pistons in the 2003-04 season, where Mike Woodson was an assistant coach.
The league’s oldest team isn’t looking for great production from the two time all-star, just someone who can give them some minutes if need be and hopefully serve as Amare Stoudemire’s backup, who set a NBA single season record with 41 technical fouls. Wallace joins a team full of veterans: Jason Kidd 39 years old, Marcus Camby 38 years old, and Kurt Thomas 39 years old.
This move clearly shows that the New York Knicks are looking to make a run at the NBA Championship this season with the amount of veterans they have on the roster.