NBA Rumors: Why Signing Mickael Pietrus Makes Sense for Raptors

Ryan DavenportContributor IDecember 1, 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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The 2012-13 NBA season hasn't gone according to plan for the Toronto Raptors, as the team sits dead last in the Atlantic Division with a 3-13 record. 

What's even more troubling for Raptors fans is that the team is allowing the second-most points of any team in the league, and has been lit up for more than 100 points on nine occasions already. 

So, in order to inject some life into the Raptors defense, according to NBC Sports' Brett Pollakoff, the team has reportedly signed veteran shooting guard Mickael Pietrus. 

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.

Now in his 10th NBA season, Pietrus has established himself as a valuable role player and was a key part of Orlando's run to the 2009 NBA Finals. 

Since then, Pietrus has bounced around—the Raptors will be his third team in less than two years—but the French veteran does bring some much-needed defensive abilities to the table. 

This isn't the first time Pietrus has been linked to the Raptors, as the team attempted to trade for the 30-year-old in 2009, but due to a failed physical, the deal never went through. 

Now, with the Raptors in dire need of a defensive presence, the addition of Pietrus makes sense for Bryan Colangelo's team, and hopefully, he'll find the scoring touch that made him a dangerous outside shooter for the Magic just a couple of seasons ago. 

It's a low-risk, high-reward signing by the Raptors, but it's also an indication from Colangelo that Toronto's management expects more from this team.