Just over a year ago, Rasheed Wallace signed a contract to play basketball for three seasons with the Celtics. This summer, he decided he’s had enough of the NBA scene and is retiring. I’m fine with that, and no matter how anyone feels about the polarizing ‘Sheed, the guy should not receive a buyout, as is being reported.

How the hell does this make sense? I don’t care if there’s guaranteed money involved or that he’s only getting a portion of the guaranteed dollars. Wallace gave the Celtics his guaransheed that he’d play until 2012 (and we can use the term “play” pretty loosely when talking about Wallace). Either way, he’ll still get his pension package, he’ll still be able to shine his ring, and he’ll still get several YouTube mixes celebrating his spastic moments.

According to this CBA rule, if the Celtics wanted to be hard-asses about it, they could likely get out of every dollar they owe him. But they don’t owe him anything! He owes them at least one more year of half-assin’ it (year three of the contract is reportedly a player option). But, the Celtics are a forthright organization and they wouldn’t pull off a move like that. Dan Gilbert on the other hand …

Am I being hard-headed, stubborn, or just plain old school? Rasheed Wallace should be playing for any money given to him based on the future. And, don’t tell me needs money to feed his kids. It’s Ramadan. He’s likely saving money while fasting with his children. (I know, I didn’t know Rasheed was Muslim either.)

Comments (10)

  1. Maybe the Celtics did not want Sheed anymore and bought him out. Wallace had the option to seek a minimum pay like O’Neil or retire with some dignity.

  2. He should pay the Celtics after he mailed it in all season long. He did show some effort in the playoffs but by then he was in such horrible shape that his fat gut caused him to have a hurt back for the conference finals and finals.

    An in-shape Rasheed meant the difference in Game 7 between a 4 point loss and a big ring. He’s lucky they don’t sue him for criminal negligence of his physical conditioning.

    Enjoy Ramadan, and stay the hell away from NYC, the airports, and any major bridges. Sheed just may be going to the Taliban!

  3. Sheed still has a couple years left I don’t know why he wouldn’t go back to the celtics and win a title, shit he could sit on the bench most the time and or go some where else to win a title, Lakers could use him…

  4. spurs could use him…

  5. Instead of paying big bucks to a half-retired bench player the Celtics saw an opportunity to get rid of Sheed cheap and early. Boston got very lucky in this situation (after signing Sheed to that awful contract). That’s why they are willing to pay Rasheed to retire.

  6. SHEED IS MUSLIM LOL I DIDN’T KNOW EITHER BUT I HAD A THOUGHT BECAUSE OF THAT PATCH.
    Just kidding. You may hate him or love him but that fact is I understand why he is retiring but i don’t agree with it.
    The league hates him and scams him. Just like the final game of the finals. SHEED PLAYED HIS HEART OUT AND WHEN HE HIT THAT 3 -POINTER TO MAKE THE CELTICS DOWN BY 3, THEY FOUL HIM OUT ON PURPOSE ON A SOFT FOUL. THAT’S WHY HE IS RETIRING. SHEED AND RONDO PLAYED THEIR HEARTS OUT THE MOST THAT FINAL GAME TO ME. HE DESERVED RESPECT AFTER THAT GAME.

    I don’t agree with the retiring because the Celtics have a good chance to win the NBA title and upset the Heat with the addition of Shaq. Now If Sheed changed his mind, it would be the big 6.

    KEEP IT JIGGY!

  7. Yeah, as lazy as he seems, he is a big body that can spread the floor and drill the treys…the more biggies the better..few of ‘em can drill the moneyshot. As much as I agree with
    Marc’s lawsuit against him, he could of helped in the playoffs en route to the inevitable 2011 title…

  8. Funny this wasn’t an issue when Grant Hill was making millions on the bench in Orlando all those years! The NBA pays these guys to not play all the time. That’s no surprise. I think the Celtics will eventually hire Sheed to coach defense, which he never bricked in his entire career. His knees are shot, he didn’t know how badly until the end of the playoff run. At least he has the dignity to walk away and open a roster spot rather than sitting on the bench or at the trainers milking them for millions in surgery and rehab. I loved Sheed’s game. I wish him well. He has the respect of every GM and coach he’s ever played for. Just ask his teammates what he brought to the floor. Shaq bricked half a season for half of his career with sore toes, etc…Sheed didn’t miss many games in his career. I disagree with you on this article Tas. remember how much Portland paid Miles to leave after all the surgeries and bench time? Sheed’s contract is nothing compared to that debacle. Would make a great article as to who made the most with the least amount of floor time in the NBA.

  9. @riverman – I didn’t post this to criticize Sheed’s passion for the game – which obviously rises and falls as he sees fit – it’s about paying guys who bail out of their contracts, not injured or incapable players, men who say they don’t want to work anymore still get paid for it.

  10. Tas, I think he is a player who was playing through injury all season last year and that he didn’t like the results. No knees and his 3 pt shot lost it’s arc all year. From my view, he realized he was not capable and actually saved the Celtics money by opting out and opening a roster spot. He’ll be in the NBA soon enough coaching D for big men. Hard to find a more savvy defensive mind out there. A lot of players in his situation would milk the bench and soak in a hot tub all season, still getting paid! He was turning into Chris Webber and knew it. I think all NBA vets are overpaid. I totally agree with you on that!

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