Power Shift in the East--posted by Tony Garcia on 7/05/2006
Ben Wallace, the defensive powerhouse, the rebounding diety that was the centerpiece of the Detroit Pistons will not be a Piston any longer.
Ben Wallace is bringing his rebounds, blocks and steals to the Chicago Bulls. The free-agent center, a four-time Defensive Player of the Year, is leaving the Detroit Pistons to sign with the Bulls, a person within the NBA said Monday.How long before Chicago gets home court in the first round? My guess...2 years.
The person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because NBA free agents can't officially sign contracts until July 12, said the Pistons offered Wallace a four-year contract worth about $50 million. That would have made him the highest-paid player on the team next season with a salary of $11.5 million.
"I appreciate everything Detroit did for me and my family," he told the newspaper Monday night. "They gave me an opportunity to make a name for myself and we had an opportunity to win a championship together."