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Ben Wallace wants to return but Pistons’ roster is full

Ben Wallace, Jordan Williams

Detroit Pistons’ Ben Wallace, right, drives to the basket against New Jersey Nets’ Jordan Williams in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, in Auburn Hills, Mich. The Pistons won 109-92. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)


Ben Wallace thinks he’s got one more year in him.

The Pistons big man has said he would come back and play for the Detroit or retire and now he wants to come back — except the Detroit roster is full, reports the Detroit News.

That really leaves Wallace — the former Defensive Player of the Year — with two options: Wait for the Pistons to open a roster spot up with a trade or play somewhere else.

A trade is possible, but likely not until training camp at the earliest and more likely into the season. The Pistons have been rumored to be willing to move Austin Daye or Charlie Villanueva, but Villanueva’s contract makes his move unlikely (at least until next year when he is an expiring contract). Daye has not impressed the past couple years (he shot 32 percent overall and 21 percent from three last season), but entering the final year of his contract a team may be willing to roll the dice. However, there are no talks to speak of going on.

And can you picture Wallace on another team at this point?

I get the feeling at this point the Pistons are moving on, but Wallace’s return is something that Pistons fans may want to watch.