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Ben Wallace likely returning to Pistons, source tells Detroit News

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One more year for Big Ben?

A source close to the situation has told Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News that there is a 'pretty good chance' Ben Wallace laces up his sneakers for one more year.

A source close to the situation tells the Detroit News that "it's a pretty good chance" Ben Wallace will return to the Pistons for another season.

Wallace, who will turn 38 in September, has been wanted back by the organization since the drafting of Andre Drummond.

"Me and Ben talk every other day," Pistons President Joe Dumars said recently, while intimating he would give Wallace until the opening of training camp to make a decision.

A couple things to keep in mind here: This story is coming from a single source. And as much as I appreciate that Goodwill trusts the source enough to write the story that doesn't mean it is true. It could be that this source knows Wallace well but is misinterpreting his intentions. In other words, we don't know if this source is speculating on what his friend/family member will do or heard it straight from the Body's mouth.

Also, this roster is already chocked full at 15 members. That means if one more player comes in another player has to go out. It becomes a little more manageable if Vyacheslav Kravtsov, the Ukranian 7-footer they've been linked to, plays another year overseas.

And there have been indications that at least for this year Kravtsov might have some buyout issues that are more trouble than they are worth. If Kravtsov does come over the most obvious place to trim the roster would be at the small forward position. Tayshaun Prince is entrenched as the starter and rookie Kyle Singler looks like the most likely contributor off the bench. That means that the Pistons will need to work to trade Austin Daye or figure out something to do with rookie second-round pick Khris Middelton.

Not all second-rounders make NBA teams but he fact that he was chosen high in the second round, and before Kim English, tells me that they mean to hold on to him. Or his rights anyway. The team could retain his rights by working with him on finding a team overseas where he can work on his game for a year. Not an ideal situation for him or the Pistons but it would be feasible.

H/T to Balibago who put up a Fan Post earlier.