8 players the Boston Celtics signed past their prime

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Boston Celtics Rasheed Wallace
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Rasheed Wallace (2009)

Known as a headache-inducting player, Rasheed Wallace did a great job of resurrecting his career and changing the narrative around his name with the Detroit Pistons. Winning an NBA Championship with Detroit completely changed the perception of himself as a player. Seeding a second title, the Celtics signed Wallace to a three-year contract during the summer of 2009.

Unfortunately, Wallace’s pursuit for a second title with the Celtics didn’t pan out as they lost in the NBA Finals at the hands of the Los Angeles Lakers. Wallace still managed to put up respectable numbers so far after the prime years of his career with the Celtics, but it was clear that he was on the final legs of what may end up being a Hall of Fame career. He still hasn’t been voted to the Basketball Hall of Fame but that dream isn’t over just yet.

Even though Wallace retired after just one season with the Celtics, Sheed did make another appearance in the NBA as he came out of retirement just before the 2012 NBA season to play for the New York Knicks. After just appearing in 21 games, however, Wallace retired for a second time.