This season hasn't been easy for the 13 year veteran. At this point in time Wallace isn't chasing All-Star games, and his ideal situation would be on a contender chasing a ring. It's no surprise that the Celtics would have discussions with other teams about a possible Wallace trade. Gerald doesn't sound unhappy, and he hasn't asked for a trade, but I think some of his early public lashings echo some unhappiness for the veteran.
In light of this, it’s not surprising to learn that the Celts have tried to discuss Wallace in trades, though with $10.1 million coming his way this season and the next two, the options are limited in this regard.
“My thing about that is I don’t ask for trades,” Wallace said. “I don’t like to be traded. You know, once I get a place where I’m comfortable, I just want to know what’s expected of me and what my role is. For a guy that goes out and puts 110 percent of himself into it, you’re giving your all and you just want to know that. This is nothing against coach Brad (Stevens). Everyone has to figure out how we need to play with each other and how we can play together defensively and offensively to get the best out of each other.
“The thing is, the season starts so fast. It’s more like learning on the job. It’s not like college where you have that time to get to work as a team and grow and understand and see your players. In fairness to coach Stevens, he’s having to watch during the season to figure out his rotations and what guys like to do and how they play. I mean, that’s tough because these games actually count.”
I think most fans wouldn't shed a tear if the Celtics traded Wallace. It's nothing personal. But I think shedding the 30 million that's owed to Wallace for the next three seasons is more valuable. Unless this team becomes a contender next year, or maybe even the following season during Wallace's final year. Wallace's time hear will be unpleasant. He's suited for a contender, and with that price tag. I don't know who will bite on his contract.
Wallace hasn't had the numbers, but his defense, and hustle has made him the player that he is today. Wallace has taken the role as vocal leader, and I think his lack of patience has shown that his leadership skills may not be the best. Wallace has said that this role is new to him, and I think Wallace is best suited for a team that needs one player to get over the hump.
With everything that has happened so far with Wallace this season. He's still shown that he puts on the Celtics uniform with pride. He hasn't crossed the line, although I think he made a mistake by publicly calling out his young team. Young guys aren't effected by public lashings. That's for veteran teams with more on the line. If there is one lesson to be learned from Wallace. That's his attitude on the floor. He earned the nickname "crash" for a reason. If the players can adopt his hustle, which I think most of these players have. Then that's the lesson from Wallace.