NBA Free Agency Rumors: Mickael Pietrus Is Best Option for Milwaukee Bucks

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistAugust 15, 2012

June 5, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Boston Celtics small forward Mickael Pietrus (28) reacts after a play during the first half in game five of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2012 NBA playoffs against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena.  Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

The Milwaukee Bucks go one or two deep at every position besides small forward, and they need to remedy that situation before the season begins. 

According to Racine Journal Times reporter Gery Woelfel, the Bucks are very aware of the hole in their current roster:

While Bucks interest in Mickael Pietrus has waned, they're still in market for a big wing.

— Gery Woelfel (@GeryWoelfel) August 15, 2012

Milwaukee's interest in Pietrus should not be waning. He's the best wing remaining on the market. As long as the word "waning" doesn't change to "dead", there's still time for the Bucks' front office to realize this.

It's not like Pietrus is going to make an All-Star team or anything like that, but he's a very capable option off the bench. He would still give Tobias Harris a chance to continue his budding career on the wing, and he could actually be a mentor to the young man's game.

Last year in Boston, Pietrus averaged 6.9 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. His 6'6'' frame provides length on the perimeter, and he has a high motor on the defensive end of the floor.

According to ESPN (insider subscription required), Pietrus wants more than the veteran minimum. The Bucks do have their bi-annual exception available, but Pietrus' exact asking price isn't known.

From a personnel standpoint, Pietrus makes total sense. If he doesn't get signed by someone else, and his price could scare many away, Milwaukee would be wise to snatch him up. They aren't going to find a better player at this point in free agency, and his veteran presence would be a nice addition to their young rotation.

The Bucks aren't looking for a star. They're looking for someone to provide stability, defense and athleticism off the bench.

Pietrus brings all of those qualities to the table, and they shouldn't strike their interest just yet.