Wallace reportedly joins Pistons as assistant coach

07/09/2013 12:08 PM ET
By Chantz Martin

After returning to the NBA as a player last season with the Knicks, Rasheed Wallace will join Detroit as an assistant coach.(AP)
Recently-retired Rasheed Wallace has agreed join the Detroit Pistons' coaching staff in a player development role, according to several reports.

Wallace, who spent five-and-a-half of his 16 NBA seasons as a player with the Pistons, was spotted on the bench during the team's Summer League game on Monday, and will reportedly work under new head coach Maurice Cheeks in developing the Pistons' young front court, most notably centers Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond.

"He's going to bring a lot of knowledge of how to help our young guys play on the block, because he's been around the league for, like, forever," Cheeks said, "With him having played that position for such a long time, I know he's going to be a great asset to what we're building."

Wallace, now 38, averaged 14.4 points and 6.7 rebounds per game in his career, and helped lead the Pistons to the NBA Championship in 2004 after being traded to Detroit mid-season. He initially retired following the 2010 season, but returned to play for the Knicks in 2012-13, where multiple foot injuries limited him to just 21 games before he called it a career once again in April.

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