Apparently Pistons center Ben Wallace isn’t done just yet.
After steadfastly saying that the 2011-12 season would be his last, a new report from Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News mentions that while the 17-year pro wants to return to the team and continue playing, the roster is full as it stands, meaning a trade or amnesty move is necessary to facilitate Wallace’s return.
The same report suggests that forwards Charlie Villanueva or Austin Daye could be the candidates to be sent packing, although it just seems to be speculation as of right now.
While his stats and numbers essentially bottomed out last season (1.4 points and 4.3 rebounds in just 15 minutes per game), his defensive acumen, leadership and dedication to the game could prove helpful as the team continues their youth movement.
Having the four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year on the squad would do wonders for the young big men of the team – Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond, Jonas Jerebko, Vernon Macklin – who have all shown flashes of potential but nowhere near the consistent defensive efforts needed to contend for a championship once again.
The possibility of amnestying Villanueva is a tantalizing one, but with no real free agent option besides Wallace as a replacement, Pistons GM Joe Dumars could wait and see if Daye’s extremely solid performances in the team’s Summer League games were enough to boost his trade value. Seeing Daye leave the team, despite having so much potential as a stretch-forward, would be tough for some fans, but would he affect the team as much as Wallace would? It’s a debatable point, one that Dumars and company are surely pondering.