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Report: Mickael Pietrus to sign with the Raptors

Nov 29, 2012, 7:30 PM EST

Mickael Pietrus AP

Desperate times call for desperate measures, and the situation in Toronto, where the Raptors are 3-13 on the season, definitely fits the description.

That might explain the team’s latest personnel move, which is the decision to bring in Mickael Pietrus to help turn things around.

Sam Amick of USA Today reports that the Raptors have agreed to sign Pietrus and plan on releasing Dominic McGuire once the deal is finalized.

Pietrus can occasionally put up numbers as an outside shooter, and is an above average perimeter defender. Last season in Boston he appeared in 42 games, and averaged 6.9 points and 3.1 rebounds in almost 22 minutes of action per contest.

As a role player in this league, Pietrus is somewhere firmly planted in the middle of the serviceable scale, and can be more productive on the court than many subs actively playing in the league that found themselves with guaranteed roster spots to start the season.

Personality issues are likely the reason it’s taken so long for Pietrus to find a home this season, as his goofball act tends to wear thin pretty quickly in a new locker room, and is no longer worth dealing with given his diminished levels of production.

We’ll see how it plays out in Toronto, where he’ll have plenty of opportunity to help a team that desperately needs it.

  1. nagidac - Nov 29, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    Toronto have lost a lot of close games, so their record isn’t an accurate of reflection of their talent. Now that Lowry is back, while I think they will still miss the playoffs, they should be able play at just under a .500 clip.

  2. eventhorizon04 - Nov 29, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    Glad he found a team eventually.

  3. dko83 - Nov 29, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    Air France!

  4. 00maltliquor - Nov 30, 2012 at 2:53 AM

    Dammit Lakers! Let another one slip away.

    • money2long - Nov 30, 2012 at 11:04 AM

      still mad la didn’t nab cj miles

  5. paulhargis53 - Nov 30, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    What part of the Lakers are not taking on more salary don’t you guys get?! Ugh. You lakers fans are so frustrating.

    This is the team you’re rolling with unless Gasol gets traded.

    • 00maltliquor - Dec 1, 2012 at 1:08 PM

      Just like we wern’t gonna get Dwight Howard, right? Just like we shoulda got it through our “thick skulls” we couldn’t sign Steve Nash, right? C’mon Magic 8Ball-Paul (hey, that has a ring to it), please keep telling us what we CAN”T do.

      What’s probably really so frustrating to you more then us fans is the fact we actually make things happen and get the guys we want.

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