Sep 18, 2012, 8:16 AM EDT
With training camps set to open in a couple weeks, we’re starting to see a little movement on the veteran players still out there unsigned right now. First Matt Barnes then Josh Harrellson got signed by teams.
According to a source close to the situation, “Suddenly, three NBA teams have shown major interest in the nine-year veteran and two of the teams seem very motivated to get a deal done.
“Mickael also has a strong overseas option on the table that contains an escape clause. He’s considering all of his options, but he prefers to play in the NBA and he’s feeling 10 times better than last season. He’s healthy for the first time in two years.”
I don’t know who Haynes source is, but pretty clearly it is Pietrus’ agent (Bill McCandless) or someone in his circle. Pietrus and his agent have said before he would not play for the veteran minimum, but the only way to get more than that right now is to create demand. Truth be told, the players really in demand in the league already have deals, but someone is trying to create the picture of real options for Pietrus looking for a better offer.
Pietrus played for the Celtics last season and had his knee scoped this summer, but reportedly is doing well and is ready to go for camp. As soon as he signs.
- USA cruises past Finland in World Cup opener, 114-55 15
- World Cup Preview: USA vs. Finland, what to expect 4
- James Harden on Kobe Bryant return: “He’s 20-year-old Kobe” 32
- Chris Paul discusses his signature shoe, hoops with media at launch of his Jordan Brand CP3 VIII (VIDEO) 5
- 67RIEFNS No. 1: Tom Thibodeau managing his bigs 22
- Derrick Rose knows injury questions will keep coming. And coming. And coming. 11
- FIBA World Cup preview: USA, Spain, then who else can medal? 2
- Official ‘Clippers’ Number 1 Fan’ on herself and Donald Sterling: ‘I’ll always feel it’s our team’ 21