Shaq’s recruitment wasn’t enough.
Rasheed Wallace’s agent has told Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe that Sheed is going to retire.
Doc Rivers first brought up the idea right after Game 7 of the NBA finals, saying Sheed had not enjoyed dragging his body through a long season and a host of nagging injuries last year. After that, reports varied from retiring to not, but he was clearly vacillating. Last year may have bothered him, but walking away from a team so close to a title is not easy.
Wallace has apparently reached peace with the decision.
The Celtics may still trade Wallace. Wallace is owned two years, $13 million by the Celtics (which also would be hard to walk away from). With confirmation that he would retire, other teams may be willing to trade for him to save money (make the trade, buy him out at a greatly reduced amount, he files for retirement and you get a big cap savings).
But however it does down, Wallace appears to be done as a player. And that makes the league a little less colorful and a little more boring.