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Shammond Williams

Wallace shifts teams, gears, off to Pistons

When the NBA's version of Christmas Day, namely the league's trading deadline, came and went yesterday, the Detroit Pistons found their stocking stuffed with a rather significant gift, namely All-Star forward Rasheed Wallace, while the New York Knicks got a lump of coal.

The two-time defending Central Division champion Pistons, who have spent most of this season looking up at the Indiana Pacers, obtained the troubled but gifted Wallace from the Atlanta Hawks in a three-team deal that was the biggest of deadline day.

"It gives us a real shot to compete at the highest level in the NBA right now," said Pistons president of basketball operations Joe...