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Source — Ex-Detroit Pistons star Ben Wallace part of Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021

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Former Detroit Pistons star center Ben Wallace will be inducted into the Class of 2021 for the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame, a source told ESPN’s The Undefeated on Saturday.

Wallace and the entire 2021 class will be announced on Sunday at the museum in Springfield, Mass.

Wallace was best-known for his defense as he was a four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year. The former HBCU Virginia Union star won a 2004 NBA championship with the Pistons and also was a four-time NBA All-Star. He has his No. 3 jersey retired with the Pistons.

Wallace began his college basketball career at Cuyahoga Community College (Ohio) before transferring to Virginia Union where he was a first-team Division II All-American in 1996.

After going undrafted by the NBA in 1996, he played for the Washington Bullets/Wizards and Orlando Magic before becoming a star with the Pistons. The Pistons’ all-time leader in blocks also played for the Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers. Wallace is currently a co-owner of the G League Grand Rapids Drive and has coaching aspirations.

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CP3, Kawhi, Kemba, oh my: NBA (news) never sleeps

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The NBA news cycle takes no days off and Chris Paul can catch no breaks. Here’s what went down during a wild week in the association.

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Dirk Nowitzki rejoins Dallas Mavericks as special adviser

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With the Dallas Mavericks charting a new direction following the departures of coach Rick Carlisle and general manager Donnie Nelson, the franchise is turning to one of its all-time greats to help in the journey.

Dirk Nowitzki has rejoined the Mavericks as a special adviser to the franchise, the team announced Friday. In his role, Nowitzki will assist with the searches for coach and general manager while also consulting on other front-office decisions.

“Mark Cuban approached me about a role as special advisor and I am happy to support my Mavs,” Nowitzki said in a statement. “Donnie Nelson and Rick Carlisle were both mentors and played huge roles in my career and the success of this franchise, and I am going to miss them. It is important for me now to join Mark and contribute as much as I can as we move forward.”

Nowitzki played 21 seasons with the Mavericks — the most in NBA history for one player with one team — before retiring after the 2018-19 season and is the franchise career leader in games, points, rebounds and blocks, among other categories. He was also the Finals MVP in 2011 for Dallas’ first and only NBA championship.

Carlisle resigned Thursday after 13 years as Mavericks coach. That decision was revealed one day after the departure of Nelson following 24 seasons with the franchise.

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Boston Celtics trading Kemba Walker, 2021 first-rounder to Oklahoma City Thunder, sources say

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The Boston Celtics are trading Kemba Walker and their 2021 first-round pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder for a package that includes Al Horford, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Along with Walker and the No. 16 overall pick in 2021, the Celtics are also sending a 2025 second-round pick to the Thunder in exchange for Horford, Moses Brown and a 2023 second-rounder, sources said.

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