Forward Mickael Pietrus was released by the Phoenix Suns earlier this week, and CSNNE’s A. Sherrod Blakely is reporting the swingman is leaning heavily towards signing with Boston.
While his agent would not say Pietrus would definitely land in Boston, he did tell Blakely the Celtics are on his short list of teams to join.
“He’s only 29, so he’s not like Charles Barkley or some other older players running around, chasing a championship,” said agent Bill McCandless. “But he wants to be with a playoff team, and have a chance to contribute.”
With Jeff Green out for the season, Pietrus would be able to step in to the Celtics rotation immediately. The athletic 6-6 forward has been on Danny Ainge’s wish list for a while, and he will likely jump at the chance to sign him.
Pietrus must clear waivers first, which would not happen until 6 pm Saturday. But anyone that claims him off waivers would be on the hook for the $5.3 million he is owed this season.
An eight-year veteran, Pietrus has played for Golden State, Orlando and Phoenix averaging 8.1 points and 3.1 rebounds per game for his career.
Pietrus was supposed to be traded to the Toronto Raptors earlier in the off-season, but a knee injury squashed the deal.