Ben Wallace, a four-time Defensive Player of The Year, is leaving the Detroit Pistons to sign as a free agent with the Chicago Bulls, according to American sports channel ESPN Monday.
The free-agent will sign a four-year, about 52 million U.S. dollar deal that have made him the highest-paid player on the team next season with a salary of 11.5 million U.S. dollars.
The Chicago Tribune reported Monday that the Pistons offered Wallace a four-year, 48 million dollars deal.
"It was disappointing," Wallace was quoted by the newspaper of the Pistons' offer. "It was not at all what I expected."
A deal can't become official until July 12, when the salary cap is set for the 2006-07 season and exact contract values can be computed.
Last season, Wallace was the only player to finish among the league's top 10 in rebounds, blocks and steals en route to becoming the second four-time winner of the Defensive Player of The Year award.
The 31-year-old Wallace averaged 11.3 rebounds, 2.2 blocks and a career-high 1.8 steals last season to anchor a Pistons defence that ranked third in fewest points allowed (90.2).
In six seasons in Detroit, Wallace helped the Pistons win a NBA title.