Mickael Pietrus is racking up the frequent flier miles. Next stop Beantown.
After the Phoenix Suns and Toronto Raptors called off their trade for Pietrus after concerns surrounding some swelling in his knee after an exam and workout for the Raptors, Pietrus flew from Ottowa, Canada to Phoenix last week for a re-evaluation and meeting with the Suns.
Now the Boston Celtics are ready to pounce on Pietrus according to A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com.
Pietrus was waived by Phoenix on Thursday and must clear waivers before a team can pick him (Pietrus is owed $5.3 million this season). Once that process happens, the Celtics could reach a deal with the 6-foot-6 swing guard.
Pietrus’ agent, Bill McCandless, recently told Crossover Chronicles that Pietrus has continued his workout and rehab sessions and knows the importance of this season.
“He insists that he can practice now. He’ll be ready to go and be the old MP by opening day, or by New Year’s day if not then,” McCandless said then.
It’s believed the Celtics envision Pietrus filling the void left by Jeff Green, who is out for the season after heart complications.
Watch for Pietrus to sign — either with the Celtics are another postseason built team — this coming weekend.
“I expect MP will join a team he deems to be play off bound,” McCandless explained in an email to Crossover Chronicles.
“He’ll have choices, and the choices are good. We’ll know at 6:01 pm tomorrow (Saturday) as to where he’s headed.”