Rasheed Wallace Agrees to Join Lakers As Assistant Coach, per Report

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, former Memphis assistant and NBA star Rasheed Wallace has agreed to join the Lakers as an assistant coach.

Wallace will work with new coach Darvin Ham, with whom he won an NBA championship in 2004 in Detroit.

Despite the agreement, according to Charania, the two parties have not yet reached the formal contract stage.

The Washington Bullets drafted Wallace in 1995. After stints with the Trail Blazers, Hawks, Pistons, Celtics, and Knicks, he retired for the second and last time in 2013. 

He was an assistant for the Pistons after his playing career before joining Memphis in 2021. Wallace is back in the NBA after a brief stay in college.

As a player, Los Angeles' newest assistant was a four-time All-Star. Wallace will now be entrusted with assisting Ham in getting the Lakers back into the playoffs. 

With LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook on the roster, the Lakers ended 33–49 last season and are in desperate need of a new start.