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Celtics to offer Pietrus minimum, add swingman who isn’t 35

Dec 24, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT


The Celtics have a horrible bench. Mickael Pietrus has an injury issue. It’s a match made in heaven.

The former Magic wing was waived by the Suns earlier this week, after surgery on his knees helped result in a trade to the Raptors falling through. Now the Boston Globe reports that the Celtics are prepared to claim him once he comes off of waivers for the veteran minimum.

“He would be great,’’ Rivers said. “He would be a good addition for any team. He would be athletic. He would bring us some toughness. He can guard the 2s and the 3s. He can stretch the floor. Whoever gets him will be getting a heck of a player, if he’s healthy.’’

Barring a waiver claim, Pietrus it seems will accept the minimum contract offer from the Celtics and back up Paul Pierce, helping the Celtics recover from the loss of Jeff Green for the season.

“I think Mike likes the Celtics very much and likes that option very much,’’ said Pietrus’s agent, Bill McCandless. “I guess we’ll open up the present tomorrow at 6:30. There’s one team that was interested in trading for him and it did come down to the wire. I think there’s a 15 percent chance of a waiver claim.’’

via Mickael Pietrus offered contract by Celtics – The Boston Globe.

Pietrus is a natural fit for the Celtics, even though his defense isn’t top-notch. Defenders improve in Rivers’ system, and his ledngth is good enough to help the Celtics. He’ll be back from knee surgery within a few weeks. The Celtics needed to improve their depth with the Big 3 working on a shortened, brutal schedule, and Paul Pierce already battling a bruised heel which is expected to keep him out of Sunday’s opener vs. the Knicks.

The Celtics should land Pietrus assuming no one else comes in with a superior offer in the next 24 hours. It won’t solve their problems, but it will at least help the bench which has had everything that can go wrong go wrong in the offseason.

  1. acdc363 - Dec 24, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    Report: Celtics to offer Micheal jordan veterans minimum

    • mytthor - Dec 24, 2011 at 1:25 PM

      Report: you can’t spell the name of the most famous basketball player ever.

      • goforthanddie - Dec 24, 2011 at 3:56 PM

        Report: You have nothing intelligent to add.

    • genericcommenter - Dec 24, 2011 at 4:54 PM

      No, just the “FRENCH Michael Jordan”

  2. username234 - Dec 24, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Dude I don’t know what country your from or whatever but the Celtics don’t have a horrible bench, they have a mix of good veterans and talented young guys. The only guy I’m not sure about is Sasha Pavlovic.

  3. scadevage - Dec 24, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    With the loss of J. Green and age of core players , Celts need to may a serious run at the overseas refugee players ( K Mart) when they are let looose. I gotta bad feeling about this team this year if they cannot fortify their bench . Plus the P. Pierce injury … Yikes

  4. goforthanddie - Dec 24, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    What a glorious day. The sun is bright, Christmas is around the corner, and the Cs are about to collapse under the weight of their own aged egos.

    • missmomo1 - Dec 25, 2011 at 1:01 AM

      You sound stupid. Just thought I’d let you know that before you walk around embarrassing yourself …..too late.

  5. passerby23 - Dec 24, 2011 at 9:04 PM

    “Pietrus is a natural fit for the Celtics, even though his defense isn’t top-notch.”

    The second part of this statement is just asinine. Pietrus is one of the top on-the-ball defenders in the league. It was Pietrus who pestered and wore down Lebron in the 2009 Eastern Conference Finals, along with Turkoglu. How good do you want his defense to be?

    I do agree that he is a natural fit for the Celtics and makes them instantly better (if healthy).

  6. khandor - Dec 24, 2011 at 11:54 PM

    Those who think the Celtics are about to collapse this season are not legitimate NBA experts … similar in a way to those who expect a rapid demise for the Lakers. A line-up which eventually looks like this:

    Rondo + Allen + Pierce + Garnett + O’Neal

    Dooling, Daniels, Pietrus, Bass and Wilcox

    Bradley, Moore, Johnson, Pavlovic and Stiemsma

    has an effective blend of youngsters with good upside and wizened vets with a sound understanding of their respective roles that should be more than good enough to keep the Celtics solidly in the Top 6 of the Eastern Conference … provided that their “Big 4” can continue to remain healthy.

  7. conjecture101 - Dec 25, 2011 at 1:12 AM

    “even though his defense isn’t top-notch”

    Actually many believe it is top-notch, including me. He guarded Paul Pierce, Lebron James, and then Kobe Bryant in the Magic’s 2009 run to the championship, and guarded them all very well.

    • trueballs - Dec 25, 2011 at 2:45 AM

      I agree. Anybody who watched him in the 2009 ECF knows he flustered LBJ and a clutch shooter. Him and Rashard Lewis killed Cleveland in that series.

      Great, cheap pickup by the C’s though…at this point If he gets healthy he can still be a very effective role player. Matt Barnes/Shane battier type…

  8. jimsjam33 - Dec 25, 2011 at 2:16 AM

    This guy is tough on defense and would be a great addition to the ” C’s ” Clippers that is ! Backup Chauncey Billups at the two and Caron Butler at the three . Welcome to Hollywood Mickael !

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