Gerald Wallace Opts Out: Unprotected Once, Will He Come Back To Help Protect PBP?

With much speculation surrounding what the Kings will do to shore up the small forward spot, news emerged yesterday that SF Gerald Wallace will opt out of the last year of his contract.

Wallace, 29, chose to turn away the $9.5 million owed to him by the Brooklyn Nets for the 2012-2013 season and test the open market in search of what will be his last long-term deal.

Writers are already saying that Wallace will most likely re-sign with the Nets, but given the right amount of cash thrown at him, my guess is he would go anywhere.

In reality, I’m not sure what kind of money a guy on the brink of passing his peak will receive. Especially one with the type of abuse that "Crash" has taken on (he hasn’t played more than 72 games in his entire career).

Maybe it’s just whimsical thinking, but I would like to see Wallace back in a Kings uniform. I think we were all pretty bummed when he was let go to the Charlotte Bobcats in the expansion draft back in 2004, a regrettable move by Geoff Petrie and Co.

This begs the question, would Wallace even be willing to rejoin the Kings after they left him unprotected in 2004 to be snatched by Charlotte. They didn’t show him much love back then when he was thought to be a player with a lot of potential.

They decided to protect Anthony Peeler instead.

Now, everyone needs a guy that is willing to cold cock Kevin Garnett when he’s acting up, but seriously?

Hopefully no love lost there. Not sure if that’s the case.

Lucky for us, Wallace hasn’t tasted too much winning since he left Sacramento. Aside from making the playoffs with the Kings his first three years in the league, albeit mostly as a spectator (he logged 52 total minutes in the 15 games he saw action in), Wallace has only been back twice.

I’m sure he wants to join a winning team as his window of opportunity begins to close, but he would probably be willing to wait the year or two that it would take for the Kings to get there.

His numbers have dipped a little in the past two seasons, but he would still be a huge upgrade at the three spot for us. Yes, his health, age, and style of play provide a pretty big risk, but it’s tough to say no to a guy that is as active and talented as Wallace.

Depending on the dollars he demands, he would be a much better option than sticking with what we have, or trading our pick for a guy like Trevor Ariza. And if we were able to swing Wallace, we could use the #5 pick on a post player to complement Demarcus Cousins.

Personally, my mind runs wild thinking about IT22, Tyreke, and "Crash" getting out on the fast break and making things happen. There’s not much room to go up from our #2 spot in fast break points from last season, but #1 would be nice.

Obviously, money is always an issue, and Wallace will probably request too much. But I for one would love to see the guy back in Sacramento.

If four years constitutes long-term to him, I say grant his wish. If he wants more, I’d say have fun ushering in the new era in Brooklyn.

(This is a FanPost from a member of the Sactown Royalty community. The views expressed come from the member, and not Sactown Royalty staff.)

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