Report: Toronto Raptors Close to Signing Small Forward Mickael Pietrus

Brad LeClairCorrespondent INovember 28, 2012

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 05:  Mickael Pietrus #28 of the Boston Celtics reacts after he made a 3-point basket against the Miami Heat in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on June 5, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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According to a report by ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Toronto Raptors are supposedly close to signing small forward Mickael Pietrus:

No signing done yet, but hearing injury-hit Raptors ramping up search for new SF, with Mickael Pietrus being strongly considered anew

—Marc Stein

 

Pietrus, a former 11th overall selection by the Golden State Warriors in the 2003 NBA draft, is an elite-level defender and a pretty good three-point shooter—two facets the Raptors still severely lack.

Last season with the Celtics, Pietrus started off quickly but faded just as fast. A career 36 percent three –point shooter, Pietrus will be relied upon to fill the void Anthony Parker once had with the Raptors: a savvy veteran who defends and hits the open jumper.

If Pietrus does in fact sign with the Raptors that will likely spell the end of Dominic McGuire in a Raptors uniform. A terrible outside shooter and an overrated defender, McGuire was brought in to provide defence and toughness to a Raptors squad that needed it. Sadly for McGuire, this hole in the Raptors attack still needs to be filled.

Landry Fields out indefinitely because of elbow surgery, and the Raptors seem to be less confident he can return quickly, as Pietrus to Toronto rumors continue to swirl.

General Manager Bryan Colangelo nearly signed Pietrus to a contract in the 2007 offseason; instead he opted for three-point specialist Jason Kapono. End result, Kapono went down as one of Colangelo’s worst free-agent signings, and Pietrus has gone on to play playoff basketball with the Orlando Magic and Boston Celtics.

In Pietrus’ best season (2006-07), he played 72 games, averaged nearly 28 minutes a game, 4.5 rebounds and 11 points per game, shooting nearly 49 percent from the field (39 percent from three).