SLAM contributor J. Gamble [making his debut with us next issue] hears from a close personal friend of Rasheed Wallace’s that unless Sheed gets $8 million to play next year, he’s going to retire. If that’s true, we’ve probably seen the last of Sheed in the NBA.
I have no problem believing that Sheed is one of those players who’ll only play in the NBA so long as the money is right. The last few years, the grind looks like it’s been wearing him down mentally. Now whether that line is drawn at $8mil or not, is very much up for questioning, but the overall message here seems on point.
I’d still expect Sheed to be interested in an MLE offer. But if he was only offered say $1-2mil a season for a quest for another title? I can easily see him walking away from the game.
Now, $8mil, will Rasheed get offered that from anyone? The Detroit Pistons are his best chance of earning that type of money. Nobody else will offer it, and the Pistons are very unlikely to offer it.
Is Rasheed Wallace worth $8mil? Nope. A lot of guys are going to be forced to take pay cuts this summer, however, Sheed is one of the guys who deserves to be in his new price range and he may even get overpaid at the MLE.