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Rasheed Wallace to Boston as the arms race continues

July 5, 2009 | 10:59 pm

Reports out of Boston (and wherever these sorts of things are filed) have Rasheed Wallace joining the Celtics with a two year, mid-level deal.  They're also making a strong push for Grant Hill.  Wallace, who can still fill it up from both the post and the arc and defend at the other end, ought to be a nice fit in Boston.  He may be getting up in years and suck up T's like the Dyson DC25 Animal does pet dander, but Sheed can still play and seems eager for more jewelry. 

Plus, KG is far nuttier these days than Wallace, so this could be a chance for Sheed to blend into the wallpaper a little.

If you're keeping score...

  • Cleveland picked up Shaq from Phoenix for peanuts.  They're rumored to be in the Shawn Marion business as well, or alternatively could make an offer to Linas Kleiza
  • The Lakers (they won a big trophy in June) signed Ron Artest, and are, knock on wood, expected to bring back Lamar Odom
  • San Antonio acquired Richard Jefferson for... what's a synonym for peanuts?  Nor by most estimates is he expected to be their only addition. 
  • Orlando picked up Vince Carter, and though they lost Hedo Turkoglu and Marcin Gortat are expected to make a few moves around the edges, too.  
  • Cold feet may have sent Hedo from Oregon to Toronto, but Portland still has nine mil in cap space they seem intent on using. 
  • Denver has been linked to Hill as well, and added Ty Lawson to add depth behind Chauncey Billups.  Lawson may be a rook, but ought to be a pretty polished one. 

Bottom line?  Teams believing they have a shot to contend next season are pulling out the stops, and seem ready to keep the pedal down as the summer rolls on.  When it's all said and done, the 2009-2010 season could be one with a pretty stark caste system, where the have-nots are particularly sad (and unusually plentiful), but the haves could be fantastic. 

It's good to be a have.