Ben Wallace Intends To Sign 2-Year Deal With Pistons

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The Pistons have accomplished one of their orders of business for this summer.

Center Ben Wallace who was considering retirement after last season, will likely return for two more seasons.

Wallace is expected to earn $1.9 million per season.

Wallace, 35, told the Associated Press on Sunday he wants to retire as a Piston and he was going to sign the contract in the next few weeks.

Joe Dumars, president of basketball operations, in Las Vegas  for the summer league, wouldn’t comment on Wallace, saying the contract has yet to be “executed.”

Dumars said after the season signing and bringing back Wallace, a center, was a priority.

“I spoke with Ben before the season was over and we’ve talked about that,” Dumars said. “He knows my feelings.”

Wallace left the Pistons via free agency in 2006, joining the Chicago Bulls. But his effectiveness dropped in Chicago and later in Cleveland, partly due to injuries.

“Detroit is always going to have a special place in my heart,” Wallace said when last season ended.

Wallace, 35, was considered an afterthought when signed before last season. But he responded with a surprisingly effective season, averaging 5.5 points and 8.7 rebounds in 69 games before a knee injury ended his season.

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