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Rasheed Wallace Staying Retired, Won't Consider Return To Celtics

For those of you who aren’t fond of Rasheed Wallace, you can now breathe a sigh of relief.

Following the trades that sent Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to the Oklahoma City Thunder and Semih Erden and Luke Harangody to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Celtics are in need of another big man.

While there is speculation that Warriors’ forward Troy Murphy may be one of those bigs, Wallace’s name has popped up as a possible option for the 17-time NBA champions, according to Anthony Sherrod Blakely of

But Boston may also bring back Rasheed Wallace, who has remained in the metro Boston area after retiring following Boston’s Game Seven loss to the Lakers in last year’s NBA Finals.

Although he told this past summer that his NBA career was a “wrap like Christmas,” sources have indicated recently that Wallace might have a change of heart if the C’s had a roster spot become available.

However, Wallace told Larry Ridley of WHDH that he intends to stay retired, a message that Ridley relayed via Twitter.

Former Celtics C/F Rasheed Wallace tells me he’s staying retired, told me “gave 15 years” to the nba. (via @larryridleyon7)

Wallace averaged 14.6 points and 6.7 rebounds and totaled 15,860 points and 7,321 rebounds in 15 seasons. In 2009-10, his lone season with the Celtics, Wallace averaged a career-low nine points and 4.1 rebounds in 79 games.