About 90 minutes before Wednesday's game, Trail Blazers president Steve Patterson and general manager John Nash called a meeting with Rasheed Wallace and coach Maurice Cheeks, presumably to inform the guys I'm about to jump off the bandwagon.
Either that, or something may be brewing at One Center Court.
After the closed-door meeting, Nash would say only that they discussed "a variety of topics" with Wallace, but a Blazers source said that the forward's future with the team was on the list of items discussed.
As in, "You're about to become a free agent, bub. Figure it out."
When he was introduced before the game, Wallace was booed by home fans. Then, he scored nine points and had 10 rebounds.
Wallace, who will be paid $17 million this season, will turn 30 next year. He's the fourth-highest paid player in the league, but not the fourth best.
He doesn't want to be a leader. But he will ask for leadership money.
A fter the game, Wallace did a radio interview, which the franchise asked him to do. He answered the questions intelligently. Then, a young fan was brought forward to ask Wallace a question. The forward took the kid's question seriously, looking him in the eyes, and giving a wonderful and thoughtful answer.
It's everything fans want Wallace to be.
Then, he retreated to the locker room and transformed back into a grump, declining to answer when he was asked if he wants to be in Portland next season.
"I need to take a shower," he said, standing in front of his locker.
Right now, Nash said he's busy working the phones, "seeing what's out there."