In July when the Boston Celtics brought in the key pieces to their blockbuster trade with Brooklyn for a press conference Gerald Wallace was not with them.

When the newest Celtics began to trickle into town earlier this month and immediately began to participate in the Celtics' various community service efforts there was still no Wallace sighting.

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge quipped that like many of us he too was looking forward to seeing the 6-foot-7 forward.

A Wallace sighting appears to be on the horizon with C's coach Brad Stevens telling reporters Thursday morning at a Coaches vs Cancer breakfast event that Wallace was expected in town today.

"I've shared texts with him and talked with him real briefly" Stevens said. "I look forward to seeing him today."

And the Celtics wouldn't mind seeing him regain the form he had a couple years ago when he was one of the better high-energy multiple-effort forwards in the NBA.

"I've obviously watched him play a lot of basketball" Ainge said. It's interesting ... Gerald got a good contract in Charlotte. He was their best player when they went to the playoffs. That led to a big payday for him."

Indeed Wallace has played at a high enough level at seemingly every stop of his NBA career and was rewarded each time with a lucrative multi-year contract.

He is currently heading into the second year of a four-year $40 million deal he signed with the Nets.

However Wallace struggled most of last season and was among the players that Brooklyn was aggressively looking to move following their first-round exit last spring.

The length of Wallace's contract was arguably the biggest drawback for the C's when they traded away Kevin Garnett Paul Pierce Jason Terry and D.J. White (he has since been waived) for Kris Humphries Wallace Keith Bogans Kris Joseph (he has since been waived) along with three unprotected first-round picks.

The fact that Wallace has taken longer than expected to connect with his new team has led to speculation that he was unhappy with the trade.

But Ainge doesn't believe that will be an issue with Wallace.