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Pietrus will not play for veteran minimum, so goodbye Boston

Jul 25, 2012, 12:13 PM EDT

Mickael Pietrus AP

Boston is already pretty deep with swingmen. They have Paul Pierce starting at the three with Jeff Green back behind him. Avery Bradley starts at the two guard and Courtney Lee is behind him, with Jason Terry able to play that role depending on how Doc Rivers decides his rotations.

Mickael Pietrus is a luxury for Boston at this point, and for that the Celtics are only going to pay the veteran minimum ($1.23 million in this case, with his nine years in the league) for a guy who plays limited minutes and has had knee surgeries the past couple of summers.

Pietrus will not play for that, his agent Bill McCandless told WEEI in Boston, in no uncertain terms.

“MP will not play for the veteran’s minimum. Period,” said McCandless. “It’s not happening. That’s the beginning, middle and end of that. … He is not a veteran’s minimum player. There’s no chance he’ll ever sign for that….

“I’ve had the veteran minimum thrown at me like hubcaps,” added McCandless. “In this collective bargaining agreement, a component of any player’s wishes and desires is the money teams are willing to pay. They’re pro athletes. My mother might cry in her beer when Johnny Damon runs away to the Yankees, but you and I understand it’s a business.”

Pietrus played in 42 games for Boston last year and wasn’t terribly efficient, shooting 38.5 percent overall (33.5 percent from three). He scored 6.9 points per game for Boston but needed 6.4 shots a game to do it.

Another team might be willing to jump in for a couple million, and his agent says there are overseas offers, but Boston seems out of the picture.

  1. bankai78 - Jul 25, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Fortunately, my beer will be Tearless when Pietrus leaves.

  2. dysraw1 - Jul 25, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    the Celts are loaded enough to let M.P walk we all know that

    • truthhurtstoo - Jul 25, 2012 at 3:28 PM

      The arrogance of these players knows no end. Would love for them to be in the “real world” where earning @1.23M is rare… it mean, he’s hardly chasing a ring after all!

  3. southpaw77 - Jul 25, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Guess that means he signs with Brooklyn, NY, LA Lakers, Clippers. Miami or Dallas then, since its been the same 7 teams signing every veteran of 4-5 years plus of senority this off-season (Boston included in that list of 7 teams).

    • passerby23 - Jul 25, 2012 at 4:02 PM

      NY, LA, Brooklyn and Miami can also only offer the veteran’s minimum. Dallas also has a logjam of wing players. He can get paid more elsewhere, but I don’t think it’s going to be with a contender.

      The translation of his agent’s words is: “Listen, you have the biannual exception. He’s worth that. Pay the man.” I think if all the C’s had was the veteran’s minimum, his tune might be different.

  4. giselleisasucubus - Jul 25, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    They still have the option w/the biannual exception, and if he really had a lot of offers, he would have signed already. I think he ends up getting the biannual from the C’s.

  5. kylecleric - Jul 25, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    With the biannual left, why not use it on Pietrus? They have Green and Pierce at SF but who else to defend SFs? Bringing him back makes a lot of sense unless they can find an upgrade to Collins with the biannual.

    • passerby23 - Jul 25, 2012 at 4:08 PM

      a) Because they are stacked with wingmen.
      b) Pietrus’ knees are a question mark.
      c) They want to save the biannual exception for someone who might become available either through trade or the waiver wire at the trade deadline.

      I think the C’s are playing it smart. He’s worth bringing back for the veteran’s minimum and they might be able to pick up a significantly better player down the road for the biannual exception.

  6. misterdreamer119 - Jul 25, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Lee can play the 3.

  7. kelvinmchale - Jul 25, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    Not a great shooter + makes too many dumb fouls defensively = no big loss

  8. isujames - Jul 25, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    He does make dumb defensive fouls.

  9. bigbamboom1 - Jul 25, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    you all are forgetting Brandon Bass. IMO it was more important that the Celtics re-signed him than Ray Allen. Because he and Pierce are so versatile. Bass can play the 3 position too when the ‘C’s go big lineup. He’s quick enough. and he has a nice mid range jumper. Pierce can also swing down and play 2 guard and bomb 3’s. PP started his career as 2 guard. And could finish it there. They don’t need Pietrus at all. He plays small in big moments. Bass plays big in those moments.

  10. bozosforall - Jul 25, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    Surprise, surprise…Boston fans dogging yet another player for not taking less from the Puh Cs than he’s worth on the open market. Guess what Puh C fans…no one wants to take less to play for a franchise that has won just one measly tltle in the last quarter century.

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