It’s not earth shattering news by any stretch of the imagination, but ESPN’s Marc Stein dropped this on us Tuesday evening:
No signing done yet, but hearing injury-hit Raptors ramping up search for new SF, with Mickael Pietrus being strongly considered anew
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) November 28, 2012
Bryan Colangelo has long been a fan of Pietrus’ game, and this isn’t the first time the Raptors have been linked to the Frenchman. In fact, Pietrus appeared to be headed to Toronto for the lockout-shortened season last year before a knee injury halted those plans.
At this stage of his career, Pietrus will be but a bit player, here to simply fill the hole at small forward. With Landry Fields and Alan Anderson out, with Terrence Ross still way too small to play the three and with DeMar DeRozan comfortable at shooting guard for the time being, the Raptors’ current options at small forward are pretty much Linas Kleiza and Dominic McGuire.
McGuire’s a good defender who leaves you with an offensive handicap and Kleiza is a chucker who can’t shoot, so you can see why the Raptors feel they might need to shore up the position with a veteran option in the short term.
If this goes down, the Raptors will not be much better, if they get better at all, but Dwane Casey will have another option and a little more flexibility with this undermanned team, and that’s really all this would be about.
The real interesting part about this acquisition, should it actually happen, is which of the 15 Raptors will be waived to make room for Pietrus. I was originally under the impression that teams could free up space by sending a player to the D-League, so I thought maybe Quincy Acy was headed for some development time, but it sounds as though a player will need to be waived.