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Ben Wallace still working out with Pistons

Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News notes that, though he’s not an official training camp invitee like Jonny Flynn and Terrence Williams, Ben Wallace is still ‘around:’

Ben Wallace wasn’t at Media Day, nor will he be a camp invitee, although he’s still hoping for a spot to open up. The Pistons didn’t want to risk having to cut Wallace, considering they have 15 guaranteed contracts.

It doesn’t mean he’s been out of sight, or out of mind. He’s been working out with the team, giving pointers to the likes of Drummond.

Tayshaun Prince also told Goodwill that he’s rooting for a Wallace signing, as he thinks it will be important for the team’s young big men to have to deal with Wallace’s physical presence in practice on a daily basis.


  • Oct 2, 20123:55 pm
    by Al


    This is great and this is bad! You want a guy like Ben to give them a daily dose of defending so you want to create a spot for this Hall of Famer right? But, you dont want new guys or 2-3 year guys to think about if they are on the trading block or are gonna be one of the unluckies and miss valuble playing time because of this. I’d hate to trade another talent away to watch them blossom else where like Delfino, Affalo or Amir smh. This is a tough one.

    • Oct 2, 201210:57 pm
      by gmehl


      I would be willing to take that chance with Daye. Yeah there is a miniscule chance that he will blossom somewhere else but unless he puts up 15ppg and 6rpg i don’t think we will miss him. Bynum is expendable too as Stuckey, Prince and Maggette can handle extra minutes at PG.

  • Oct 2, 20124:16 pm
    by Corey


    I love Ben Wallace, but have no desire to see the team throw away a potentially useful young player for a final year Ben Wallace cameo. He’s past the stage where he can help the team on the floor enough to make it worth keeping young bigs on the bench – or on someone else’s team.

    That said, if they can trade someone who isn’t in the long-term plans to open up a spot, that would be great. Candidates to me include Daye, Villanueva, Maggette, Maxiel, and Bynum, at the least. Of course, all of those players except CV are on expiring contracts and may be able to bring something substantial back. If we could trade one (or two) for a decent draft pick and simultaneously open up a spot for Wallace, that would be a happy day. If they could trade prince and one of these guys and open up a spot without taking back a bunch of money, hooray!

  • Oct 2, 20124:18 pm
    by sop


    My vote for Wallace is let him be big man coach #2! Defensive big man coach. Work hard and listen to Coach Frank or I kick your ass coach. Be a champion and get paid by Detroit for life coach.

  • Oct 2, 20129:21 pm
    by Mark


    Is Ben allowed to workout/practice with the team once the season starts, if he’s not on the 15 man roster? If so, I think that might actually be the ideal situation. He stays working out with the team and training with the young guys, but we don’t have to yet clear a spot for him. Then if mid-season we make a move and feel we need his help on defense, we have a great veteran defender waiting and ready to go.

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