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Suns waive Mickael Pietrus

Dec 22, 2011, 8:14 PM EDT

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The Suns waived Mickael Pietrus after reaching a financial agreement, the team announced via a brief press release on Thursday.

Phoenix had attempted to trade Pietrus to Toronto for a conditional second round draft pick, but the deal fell through after Pietrus was found to not yet be healed from the knee injury that sidelined him for the final 12 games of last season.

Even after the failed trade attempt, it didn’t appear at all like Pietrus would be back with the Suns this year. The team’s president of basketball operations, Lon Babby, was all business in discussing his status shortly after the trade was cancelled, and it just seemed like the Suns would find a way to ensure that Pietrus would play somewhere other than Phoenix this season.

Before the Suns’ preseason home game against the Nuggets, head coach Alvin Gentry was asked why Pietrus wasn’t a fit, and to him, it seemed clear that Pietrus, for whatever reason, just wasn’t happy in Phoenix.

“I don’t know that,” Gentry answered. “I was excited about getting him. I think that, like I’ve said, he had size, he was really kind of our kind of player — a big guy that can shoot the ball, three-pointers and stuff like that. I think in order for it to be a good fit, you’ve got to want to be here. And I’m not sure if he was ever fully engaged in being here.”

UPDATE: Pietrus is “leaning heavily” towards signing with the Celtics, reports A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com. He would need to clear waivers first, but if that happens, it looks like Boston may be at the top of his list.

  1. raidmagic - Dec 22, 2011 at 8:20 PM

    $5 says Orlando brings him back lol

  2. jvnyj - Dec 22, 2011 at 8:23 PM

    I think he would be a great fit in NY

  3. thatboi901 - Dec 22, 2011 at 8:28 PM

    In 2011 it amazes that an athlete can get a contract without getting a physical. Physical should be the first order of business before investing millions into any player. Even if he fails with physical there will be no surprises down the road.

    • goforthanddie - Dec 22, 2011 at 9:12 PM

      They normally do get physicals first. Doesn’t matter if a contract is signed before the results come in, it only becomes valid once the physical is passed.

  4. readysethike - Dec 22, 2011 at 8:58 PM

    I thought kobe had told him in the offseason to come to the lakers…and he said he’d consider it…i remember reading that on here or somethin similar to that

  5. passerby23 - Dec 22, 2011 at 10:46 PM

    Perfect fit for the Celtics. A wing they need. Outside shooting they need. He fits right into their defensive philosophy.

  6. kacapaco - Dec 23, 2011 at 1:10 AM

    Celtics will do anything to get this dude. If heathy, Cs can’t get any better choice.

  7. baskallen1 - Dec 23, 2011 at 2:41 AM

    Come back to Orlando!!!

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