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Celtics’ Forward Rasheed Wallace to Retire After Waived by Team

Aug. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Boston Celtics forward Rasheed Wallace will end his 15-year National Basketball Association career after being waived by the team.

The Celtics waived 35-year-old Wallace yesterday after reaching a mutual agreement with him, the team said.

“We would like to wish Rasheed and his family the best as they move on into the next phase of their lives,” said Danny Ainge, president of Basketball Operations. “He will always be a member of the Celtics family.”

Wallace averaged nine points and 4.1 rebounds in 22.5 minutes per game last season for the Celtics, who signed him as a free agent on July 8, 2009. He averaged 6.1 points, three rebounds and shot 34.5 percent in three-pointers during the Celtics run to the 2010 NBA Finals.

Four-time All-Star Wallace was taken as the fourth overall pick in the 1995 draft by the Washington Bullets. He left for the Portland Trail Blazers a year later and remained there until 2004.

In February 2004 he was traded twice in 10 days, first to the Atlanta Hawks and then to the Detroit Pistons. He won the NBA Finals with the Pistons in his first year and stayed in Detroit until 2009.

In 1,088 NBA regular-season games, Wallace averaged 14.6 points and 6.7 rebounds. He also averaged 13.5 points and 6.2 rebounds in 177 playoff games.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at nkercheval@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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