RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Virginia Union product Ben Wallace announced in February that he would retire from the NBA following his 16th season in the league. On Tuesday night, however, Wallace said that nothing is certain when it comes to his future in professional basketball.
Wallace, who is back in Richmond hosting the annual Tri-Cities Summer League at his gym, said that nothing is set in stone and that right now, anything is possible. Wallace says that he is keeping his options open and if the right opportunity presents itself, he could wind up in the NBA for a 17th season this fall.
The former Panther is a four time NBA Defensive Player of the Year and has played the most games ever by an undrafted player. This past season, Wallace averaged 1.4 points and 4.3 rebounds per game in 62 contests with the Pistons, his least productive season since his rookie year in 1996-1997.
Wallace signed with the Wizards as an undrafted free agent prior to the 1996-1997 season and spent his first three years in the league in Washington. After a one year stint in Orlando, Wallace experienced the prime of his career in six seasons with the Pistons. Following the 2006-2007 season, Wallace joined the Cleveland Cavaliers for two campaigns, before returning to Detroit for the last three years.
Big Ben has a team in this year's Tri-Cities Summer League, which began on Tuesday and runs through August 3. Many former Richmond-area high school and college stars are expected to attend.