Mickael Pietrus Rumors

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Mickael Pietrus
Mickael Pietrus
Position: None
Born: 02/07/82
Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:214 lbs. / 97.5 kg.
According to one league executive, who requested anonymity and has observed a Pietrus workout in the past few weeks, says the 32-year-old swingman can help a NBA team right now. “You can tell right away that he can still be a productive player,” the executive said. “His movements are crisp and the athleticism is there. It’s all about finding the right fit for him but he definitely belongs in the NBA.”
Without a contract into the start of training camp, free agent forward Mickael Pietrus will scour the market over the next few weeks in hopes – and expectation – of a full salary guarantee to sign with an NBA team, a league source told RealGM. Pietrus has worked out with several teams, including the San Antonio Spurs two weeks ago, and the 31-year-old recently rejected a training camp invitation from a team, a source said.
Matt Barnes, according to a league source, is in the market for a full mini mid-level deal, and he’ll likely sign with the Lakers or Clippers. Stephen Jackson is an intriguing candidate, but his salary has gone up every year he’s been in the NBA. While Jackson might sacrifice some money this time around, $1.7 million sounds like a stretch. Another player to watch is Mickael Pietrus, whose name will be discussed among Knicks brass. Contrary to reports, the 31-year-old veteran was mostly healthy last season and has been impressive in recent pickup games.
Pietrus played his first game Wednesday since Jan. 9 despite being fully healthy for a while now, and he’s adamant both his knees are strong and should help him last four to five more seasons in the NBA. “My body has stayed healthy so whenever the Raptors call my name, I’ll be ready to go,” Pietrus told RealGM in a recent phone conversation. “I have many years left playing in the NBA and I want to get better every day. I think 10 years went too quick. … I haven’t won a championship yet. I want to win two, three [championships] before I retire because I think I had a great run throughout those 10 years and my body is healthy now. “I’m feeling really healthy. The doctors really took care of me and my knees, so I’m feeling better than ever.”
The term “videobombing” doesn’t really do Raptors swingman Mickael Pietrus justice in this clip. This is more like a video carpet bombing. As the Raptors prepared to play the Cavaliers in Cleveland on Wednesday — a game that they went on to lose 103-92 — Pietrus sneaked up behind the NBA TV Canada broadcast crew during a live shot and began dancing. That’s not a totally unusual sight, but things got interesting when Pietrus stuck with the gag. And stuck with it. And stuck with it. For nearly a half-minute, Pietrus bounced, laughed, boogied, shimmy-shaked, spun in circle, pumped his fist and even pulled out a few Uma Thurman moves from Pulp Fiction as Paul Jones and Sherman Hamilton tried to keep their composure. Could Pietrus be any more committed to his cameo here? Impossible. He hasn’t played since Jan. 9, though, so it’s no surprise that he has this much excess energy.
Mickael Pietrus sat out Sunday afternoon’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers with knee tendinitis, but the condition is not serious, agent Bill McCandless told RealGM. The tendinitis is in Pietrus’ left knee – not the right knee on which he had surgery over the offseason – McCandless said. Pietrus is day-to-day. Pietrus signed with the Toronto Raptors on Nov. 30 and has swiftly climbed the team’s depth chart, starting in three of his four games. He has averaged 10.8 points and three rebounds in 31.6 minutes per game as a Raptor.
After a prolonged offseason, free agent guard/forward Mickael Pietrus and the Toronto Raptors have agreed upon a one year deal worth the veteran’s minimum, CSNNW.com has learned. The deal will be finalized Friday morning and Pietrus is expected to suit up Friday night when the Raptors host the Phoenix Suns. Bill McCandless, the agent who represents Pietrus, confirmed this agreement to CSNNW.com via text message. “It has been a long journey and a long summer,” McCandless told CSNNW.com. “We started this process first off with high expectations in July and had a bunch of phone calls. We spoke with Chicago and Houston early on. As we got deeper in the year, we had conversations with Atlanta, Minnesota, and Toronto.