Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/6/14
Gerald Wallace has been the invisible man since the trade was finalized to bring him to Boston. Rest assured, though. He does exist. Not only is Wallace real, but when he is healthy, he is also real good. The man known as “Crash” was a joy to watch in his prime, particularly his 6 1/2 seasons with the Charlotte Bobcats. To this day, the 2009-10 Bobcats, the only team in franchise history to make the playoffs to this point, remain a cult favorite among diehard NBA fans for their all-out, take-no-prisoners style. The days of diving headlong into the front row and scrapping for loose balls are not behind Wallace yet, but the collisions have taken their toll on the 30-year-old. Once a relatively decent offensive threat based on pure hustle alone, Wallace was virtually left unguarded by many opponents last season. Just three years ago, Wallace boasted a 3-point percentage of 37 percent, but he barely made 28 percent of his attempts in his lone season in Brooklyn while missing 13 games with his usual variety of bumps and bruises. If Celtics fans are paying attention — and Wallace actually stays in green for any meaningful time — “Crash” should become a fan favorite in Boston. Team president of basketball operations Danny Ainge would be best off moving Wallace, of course, but the three years and $30 million remaining on Wallace’s deal will make him a tough sell. If the Celtics are stuck with him, at least they know he will join a group of veterans in Brandon Bass, Courtney Lee and Keith Bogans who would sooner quit the NBA to flip burgers than complain about anything. Wallace will not be the starting small forward in Boston. That is for sure. Jeff Green has a stranglehold on that spot. But Wallace is more than respectable as a backup and should push Green to greater heights, knowing a proven professional who gives maximum effort at all time is right there, waiting to steal his playing time. Wallace can also play a little power forward in smaller lineups, which the Celtics figure to use with Jared Sullinger or Kelly Olynyk manning the five spot occasionally. Could Wallace’s presence challenge Green to become a better player than ever or would the Celtics be better off moving him, if they can? Vote in the poll below. Take Our Poll To kick off the official start of the NBA offseason, NESN.com will ask fans whether they think the Celtics should keep or move on from each player. The following day, we will provide the fans’ verdict. Here is the schedule*: Thursday, July 11: Avery Bradley (Verdict: Keep him, 88 percent) Friday, July 12: Brandon Bass (Verdict: Keep him, 59 percent) Monday, July 15: Rajon Rondo (Verdict: Keep him, 67 percent) Tuesday, July 16: Courtney Lee (Verdict: Move on, 52 percent) Wednesday, July 17: Shavlik Randolph (Verdict: Keep him, 60 percent) Thursday, July 18: Jeff Green (Verdict: Keep him, 92 percent) Friday, July 19: Gerald Wallace Monday, July 22: Kris Humphries Tuesday, July 23: Keith Bogans Wednesday, July 24: Fab Melo Thursday, July 25: Jared Sullinger Friday, July 26: Kris Joseph Vitor Faverani Monday, July 29: MarShon Brooks Tuesday, July 30: Jordan Crawford Wednesday, July 31: D.J. White Phil Pressey Thursday, Aug. 1: Colton Iverson Friday, Aug 2: Kelly Olynyk *Subject to change pending any moves Photo via Facebook/Gerald Wallace
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Dolphins teammate on Dion Jordan: It’s a bad situation

Texans reportedly the favorite to be featured on ‘Hard Knocks’

Report: Goodell will not recuse himself from Brady appeal

Will Smith suspended eight games for 'foreign substance'

Report: Kobe Bryant likely to retire following next season

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Don Shula named in painkiller lawsuit from former NFL players

Kyrie Irving questionable for Game 2 versus Atlanta

Michael Sam signs with CFL’s Montreal Alouettes

Ex-A&M quarterback Kenny Hill transferring to TCU

Michael Bennett compares Pete Carroll to Willy Wonka

Jim Kelly: There is no doubt Tom Brady cheated

The Los Angeles Angels are finally finding their groove

Re-evaluating all 30 MLB teams at the quarter mark, ranked

Is virtual reality training the next leap forward for football?

Warriors a very shaky 2-0 against the Rockets

NFL icon Bud Grant zings Pats with Deflategate joke on Twitter

RG3 announces birth daughter's birth on social media

Don't listen to Nick Saban, the bowl system is just fine

MLB scores partial victory in minor league wage lawsuits

Ranking the NBA Playoffs' most significant injuries

WATCH: Will Smith ejected for foreign substance on arm

Guy behind NFL's social media trolling of Pats is a Jets fan?

In defense of 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Jim Kelly: No doubt Tom Brady cheated

Post-combine NBA Draft big board: Top 30

Ex-players sue NFL for conspiring to push painkillers

Astros surprising, but can get better with Correa

Here come the Giants

Aaron Hernandez got new tattoo in prison

TUF weekly recap by NOS® Energy Drink

Ten players who could benefit due to PAT rule change

Five QBs set for breakout campaigns

Report: Lakers will pursue Thibodeau

MLS leaders struggling with attendance

LBS: I was a contestant on Sports Jeopardy!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.