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Old 11-29-2012, 08:50 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Another article from CNNSI

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Chris Haynes, CSNNW.com NBA & Trail Blazers Insider


After a prolonged offseason, free agent guard/forward Mickael Pietrus and the Toronto Raptors have agreed upon a one year deal worth the veteran's minimum, CSNNW.com has learned.

The deal will be finalized Friday morning and Pietrus is expected to suit up Friday night when the Raptors host the Phoenix Suns.

Bill McCandless, the agent who represents Pietrus, confirmed this agreement to CSNNW.com via text message.

"It has been a long journey and a long summer," McCandless told CSNNW.com. "We started this process first off with high expectations in July and had a bunch of phone calls. We spoke with Chicago and Houston early on. As we got deeper in the year, we had conversations with Atlanta, Minnesota, and Toronto.

"We never heard from the Lakers. There was never any interest from them. At the end of the day, Toronto was the place for him and he's happy to be there. He is going to place where he knows he's going to play and help the team and he has a high regard for Bryan Colangelo (Raptors General Manager).

Pietrus, 30, will immediately fill a void for the Raptors at small forward. The team's four small forwards in Landry Fields (elbow surgery), Dominic McGuire, Alan Anderson (torn plantar fascia), and Linas Kleiza haven't played well up to this point.

Pietrus passed a rigorous physical examination in Toronto today.

The nine-year NBA vet had his right knee scoped in Boston this past summer to relieve discomfort he felt during the 2011-12 season. That procedure was performed as a do-over to his first operation on the same knee a year earlier in France.

Post surgery, the nine-year NBA veteran resumed workouts in early August and has been pain-free ever since.

The Raptors will have to waive one of their 15 players to make room for the defensive specialist.

For his career, Pietrus averages 8.4 points per game, shoots 42 percent from the field and 35 percent from thee-point range.
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