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Wallace signing formalized

Posted by Marc J. Spears, Globe Staff  July 8, 2009 02:49 PM

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Rasheed Wallace is officially a Boston Celtic.

The Celtics signed the 34-year-old free agent to a two-year deal using the mid-level exception. His press conference is tomorrow afternoon in Waltham.

“We are ecstatic to be able to add a player the caliber of Rasheed Wallace to our team,” said Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge in a press release. “It is not every day that you can add a four-time All-Star and a player with championship experience.”

Wallace, a 6-foot-11-inch, 230-pound center/forward, has averaged 15 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks in 33.9 minutes per game over his 14-year career. He has recorded 14 straight seasons of averaging 10 or more points, second-most among active players along with new teammate Kevin Garnett and behind only Shaquille O’Neal.

Wallace is one of 13 players in NBA history to make 13 consecutive appearances in the playoffs along with the likes of Kevin McHale, Bob Cousy, Robert Parish, and Bill Russell.

He also is one of only three players in NBA history to have recorded 150 three-point field goals, 150 blocks and 100 steals in his postseason career joining Scottie Pippen and Robert Horry.

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