Teams are always looking to bring in players either through a trade or free-agency, especially if it will help their shooting depth and percentage. One player that comes under this category and is entering the final year of his contract is Mickaël Piétrus of the Phoenix Suns.
Mickaël Piétrus spent the 2010-11 NBA season with both the Orlando Magic and the Phoenix Suns. Piétrus was traded to the Phoenix Suns on December 18, 2010 along with Marcin Gortat, Vince Carter, a 2011 first-round draft pick, and $3 million cash considerations in exchange for Hidayet Turkoglu, Jason Richardson and Earl Clark.
While with the Phoenix Suns, Piétrus was in and out of the rotation partly due to injury and there already being established shooters on the roster already. As a result, Piétrus was not happy about being used sparingly especially after being part of the regular rotation in Orlando.
Since he has exercised his contract for the 2011-12 NBA season already Piétrus may have to look for a trade to move out of Phoenix. Listed on the following slides are three potential trade destinations that would allow Piétrus to get back into the regular rotation somewhere.
The Celtics could look to add shooters to surround Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, and Rajon Rondo. Mickaël Piétrus is a proven three-point shooting threat and is a multi-dimensional player that can spot minutes at both the shooting guard and small forward spot depending on the seasonal matchups.
The Caribbean born Frenchman will add depth to the Celtics roster, and gives them another shooting option to play alongside or behind veteran Ray Allen.
The Chicago Bulls looked for a shooting guard to play alongside Derrick Rose last year and they may take a close look at Mickaël Piétrus. A combo-guard who is a reasonable defender and a legit three-point shooter could open up the offense in Chicago. He can also play of Rose’s ability to penetrate towards the basket.
He may be a better starting offensive option over Ronnie Brewer, who is more of a defensive player that can play off the bench or start depending on the nightly matchups.
Will fans in Orlando want this to occur? Not sure what Stan Van Gundy will think of this move, but it is an option that should be considered. The Orlando Magic are always looking to add shooters to their roster since they rely on the three-point shot quite heavily. As a former member of the team, Piétrus could fit in real well, and may be able to start at the shooting guard position (if free-agent Jason Richardson is not re-signed).
However for this to happen, Piétrus would have to be released by the Suns or by another team since a trade back to Orlando from Phoenix cannot take place due to NBA rules.