Pistons add Mohammed to try to fill Wallace's void

Free agent center Nazr Mohammed of the Spurs has agreed to a five-year, $30 million deal with the Detroit Pistons, ESPN The Magazine's Ric Bucher is reporting.

Nazr Mohammed Mohammed

Mohammed replaces Ben Wallace, who told the team Monday that he was leaving to join the Chicago Bulls.

Wallace, who agreed to a four-year, $60 million deal with Chicago, helped Detroit advance to four straight conference
finals -- the first team to do so since the Bulls of the early

Mohammed started 30 games last season for the Spurs,
averaging 6.2 points and 5.2 rebounds. The 6-foot-10, 250-pound
center most likely will replace Wallace in the starting lineup,
allowing Rasheed Wallace to remain a power forward.

Mohammed, who turns 29 on Sept. 5, probably will not be able to
rebound, block shots and provide energy as Ben Wallace did -- but he
will cost about $9 million less next season.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.