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Ben Wallace’s path back to Pistons now clear?

By trading two players (Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye) for one (Jose Calderon), the Pistons now have an open roster spot. Patrick just reminded me of something Ben Wallace said in December:

“I’m not retired,” Wallace said. “It’s a good chance I’ll be playing again. Nobody wants to file those (retirement) papers, that’s a hassle.”

Wallace, 38, believes something will happen soon to make a way for him. It’s important to note he said he’d never wear a jersey other than the Pistons’ red, white and blue, so one has to wonder if a spot will open up — or if he’s willing to back off that statement to get back on the court.

Was this the something that would happen soon? I sure hope so.


  • Jan 30, 20136:58 pm
    by ryan


    This is one of the first things i thought of. I would like to see it especially if it means that we also move Jason Maxiell before the deadline.

  • Jan 30, 20137:01 pm
    by Trent


    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!!! Trade stuckey and then he can even have his Piston 3 jersey back!

  • Jan 30, 20137:10 pm
    by Jinzzy


    I would rather get scott machado because I dont think Calderon is going to be here next season

    • Jan 30, 20137:15 pm
      by DasMark


      I second a vote for Machado. 

      Where does Wallace even fit here? Playing behind Monroe and Drummond?  

      • Jan 30, 20139:43 pm
        by TheDude


        40 year old ben wallace > maxiell at any age

    • Jan 30, 20139:33 pm
      by tarsier


      What’s so exciting about Machado? I’d rather have Terrence Williams or Johnny Flynn.

      • Jan 31, 20131:19 am
        by gmehl


        Flynn is a bum. He’s playing in the Australian league atm and there are better PG than him playing there.

        • Jan 31, 20138:37 am
          by tarsier


          agreed. but why do you think machado is one of them?

  • Jan 30, 20137:19 pm
    by Mrshourite


    Omg! Bullwinkle looks so weak against Hibbert. Half azz effort on D is sickening. Big Ben would be a welcome sight for sore eyes. 

    • Jan 30, 20137:26 pm
      by mixmasta


      At least Jerebko is now in the rotation.

      • Jan 30, 20139:51 pm
        by Worm


        Jerebko is, in the immortal words of Beautiful, 100% rat ass.

    • Jan 30, 20139:44 pm
      by Lake Side Live


      I think it shows the need for Drummond to be playing centers, once he hits his prime he’ll be like Hibbert and your right Wallace should help that.

  • Jan 30, 20137:28 pm
    by sloppy joe


    so now we are gunna start 2 sg’s (knight and stuckey) and have two PG’s coming off bench (will and jose)?

    • Jan 30, 20138:14 pm
      by Anon


      No Jose will start, Brandon as the off guard. Stuckey and Bynum come off the bench.

      • Jan 30, 201310:29 pm
        by jeff


        Hopefully stuckey will be traded before the deadline, so we don’t have to worry about it.

        • Jan 31, 201310:44 am
          by tarsier


          If such a trade could bring back an expiring deal and a late first round draft pick, I’d be all for it. If much less than that, I’d really want to see how Stuckey does with Calderon. It is worth knowing if that is a good pairing. And I’m unsure if three weeks is enough time to figure that out.

  • Jan 30, 20137:46 pm
    by Travis


    Drummond can get fine tuned by Ben. And Patrick’s alive?

  • Jan 30, 20137:49 pm
    by anthony


    If jose is a good fit, and we end up in the playoffs, thus losing our pick, lets just say we NEED to be players in FA. and it wouldn’t hurt trying to sign jose too. although im not sure how hell fit with brandon knight

  • Jan 30, 20137:59 pm
    by gmehl


    If we sign Wallace then i think the new rotation should be:

    PG – Calderon
    SG – Knight
    SF – Singler
    PF – Monroe
    C –  Drummond

    Bench – Wallace (C)
    Bench – Maxiell (PF)
    Bench - Villanueva (PF)
    Bench – Jerebko (SF)
    Bench – Bynum (PG)
    Bench – Stuckey (PG)
    Bench – English (SG)

    Inactive - Kratsov
    Inactive - Magette
    Inactive - Middleton

    • Jan 30, 20138:01 pm
      by sloppy joe


      knight won’t want to play SG… I see it more likely that Calderon will come off bench

      • Jan 31, 20139:03 am
        by tarsier


        Who friggin’ cares what he will “want to play”. He is under contract. He is being paid millions of dollars to play whatever position he is told to play. If his coach tells him to go out there and play center, Magic Johnson-style, he better bloody well do it.

    • Jan 30, 20139:21 pm
      by Oracle


      I know this is extremely persnickety, but due to a rule change, there are 13 active roster members, and only 2 inactives now.

    • Jan 30, 20139:32 pm
      by tarsier


      I would rather they play Kravstov than Wallace. Find out if he is worth keeping around when his contract runs out.

  • Jan 30, 20138:26 pm
    by Mrshourite



  • Jan 30, 20138:55 pm
    by Jayknowsball


    Right ….why would we trade a starter for a bench player ….I don’t think so

    • Jan 30, 20139:30 pm
      by Keith


      Yeah, why would we do something silly like totally misuse our personnel consistently every night? Why would we pay star money to a couple overrated losers in free agency? That kind of thing would never happen here.

    • Jan 30, 20139:41 pm
      by sloppy joe


      We arent trading for Calderon bc he is gunna lead us to the promise land.  He is an expiring contract, and the trade frees up long term obligations to tayshawn.  Its a cap move

      • Jan 31, 20139:08 am
        by tarsier


        True but it does give the Pistons a good chance to see how well he fits with their core. If he is a good fit, he would probably be worth re-signing, at the right price. Otherwise, he still has the potential to yield the Pistons an asset by going to a capped out team via S&T.

  • Jan 30, 20139:25 pm
    by Venice


    Come back BIG BEN! Teach these kids how to play TOUGH DEFENSE !Hopefully we can resign Calderon for a small salary next year!

  • Jan 30, 20139:45 pm
    by Lake Side Live


    Great thought you guys (Dan and Patrick) gave this article a plug over at Detroit Bad Boys

  • Jan 30, 201310:14 pm
    by Lorenzo


    I love Big Ben, always will, but whats the point of bringing him back? Honestly he doesn’t add much to the floor at this point. Yeah he would be great at mentoring some of the young fellas’ but honestly couldn’t you just hire him as a special assistant for that purpose? We are going young, I say we stay with script and get a young player to fill the spot if we must.

    • Jan 31, 201312:53 am
      by frankie d


      i am typically a fierce advocate of that position.
      and if maxiell stays, don’t sign ben.
      but if you could trade max for, say, a first round choice, then ben could sign on and essentially replace maxiell. 

      • Jan 31, 20139:18 am
        by tarsier


        True, but I’d just as soon see what Slava can offer. Maybe it’ll be brutal. But this season is lost. At least Detroit should see what they have.

  • Jan 30, 201310:57 pm
    by sebastian


    No more relics from the past, please.

  • Jan 31, 20137:21 am
    by B. Garcia


    I think bringing Big Ben back would be great. Vet minimum, and keep him around for practice to teach our big men how to fight and give maximum effort. Ben Wallace is the PERFECT person for Drummond to be around, nobody better to learn from (effort wise) that Big Ben (my favorite piston ever) Obviously Calderon is not here to stay, but like some have mentioned he has a big expiring contract. I think the next thing for us to do now is amnesty Unk Chuck (even though I like his effort this year) he is being paid starter money for bench worthy performance. We will see how B. Knight does with the SG position to finish the year and if he thrives we can use our cap to sign a good PG if hes awful either continue him at the PG and sign a SG or possibly package B. Knight with Maxiell for one of the 2 guard positions we dont fill with free agency. HOWS THIS SOUND FELLERS!!!?

  • Jan 31, 20132:48 pm
    by Roundball1


    No need for the Pistons to bring back Ben Wallace…he’s only a shadow of his old self.  Going back to the past is senseless.  There’s nothing there.  Wallace is at the point of his life where injuries would began to plague him if he came back.  His body may look good, but his body is older than 38.

  • Nov 13, 201310:04 am
    by Justin


    Ben Wallace is awesome

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