AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Rasheed Wallace was cleared to play
for the Detroit Pistons by the NBA on Saturday, one day after being
pulled from a game because paperwork from a three-team trade had
not been certified.
Wallace and Mike James, acquired in a three-way trade Thursday,
were pulled at halftime of Friday's 88-87 loss to Minnesota and
were not permitted to practice Saturday.
The holdup was the result of issues with the paperwork for two
of the players involved in the deal: Lindsey Hunter and Chris
NBA spokesman Brian Flinn said Saturday the trade was "final
and complete," and all players were eligible to practice and play
with their respective teams.
The league said in a statement that signed certifications from
the teams, players and agents involved in the trade were not
completed and received by the NBA on Friday.
Pistons coach Larry Brown was informed shortly after Saturday's
session that all problems were resolved and that Wallace and James
would be available for Sunday's home game against Orlando.
"Everyone is good to go," Brown said. "Rasheed is going to
start, but I'm not sure where yet, and Mike will give us some depth
off the bench.
"Without him yesterday, we were down to two guards in the
second half and all that changed the way we had to play."
Wallace played 12 minutes in the first half of Friday's game and
James also got into the game before team president Joe Dumars was
informed that the players were not eligible.
Wallace did not speak to the media before leaving the building,
but James was happy to be an official member of the Pistons.
"I only felt like half a Piston until now," he said. The rest
of the Pistons are happy that they will have a full roster to go
against Tracy McGrady's Magic.
"It hurt us when we lost Rasheed last night -- he's a great
player," Richard Hamilton said. "And Mike gives us a quality
point guard off the bench who can come in and get us into our