Big Ben strikes again in Detroit

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Detroit Pistons re-signed veteran centre Ben Wallace on Wednesday.

Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the Detroit Free Press reported it is a two-year contract worth just under $4 million.

Wallace spent six seasons with Detroit from 2000-06 before leaving as a free agent to sign with Chicago. He played just one full season with the Bulls before being traded to Cleveland as part of a three-team deal with Seattle in February 2008.

After staying in Cleveland for the 2008-09 campaign, Wallace returned to Detroit last season and averaged 5.5 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 69 games.

Wallace was a dominant force during his first stint in Detroit, winning an NBA title in the spring of 2004 and capturing the league's defensive player of the year honours four times (2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006). He averaged 7.9 points and 12.8 rebounds as a member of the Pistons, and earned four All-Star Game nods (2003-06) in that time.

The Virginia Union product, who will be 36 years old at the start of the upcoming season, has averaged 6.2 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in 972 games for Washington, Orlando, Detroit, Chicago and Cleveland.

At 6-foot-9, he is the shortest player in league history to reach 2,000 career blocks.


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