The Raptors and Mickael Pietrus have agreed to a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum and the team will subsequently waive Dominic McGuire, according to RealGM, who report that they have confirmation from both players’ agents. The signing is expected to become official on Friday.
The news was initially reported by USA Today earlier on Thursday after we learned about the Raptors’ renewed interest in Pietrus on Wednesday night. The most intriguing part of the RealGM report to me is that Pietrus turned down the Hawks, Pacers, Timberwolves, 76ers and Spurs “due to the Raptors’ relentless pursuit.”
Pietrus played 42 regular season games with the Celtics last season, averaging 6.9 points and 3.1 rebounds in about 22 minutes per game before adding another 20 games for Boston in the postseason. What’s discouraging is that for a player who had become a legitimate three-point threat for a good five years, Pietrus shot just 33.5 per cent from deep last season. He’s also never had a 15-PER season in his nine-year NBA career.
Suffice to say, Raptors fans shouldn’t expect any statistical contribution from the 30-year-old, but the hope has to be that he can rediscover his long-range shooting touch and remain a competent defender. If he can’t, I really don’t see any way he can help this team other than giving Dwane Casey a veteran option to lean on at the wing until Landry Fields and Alan Anderson return from injury.
On the bright side, there is this:
Mickael Pietrus shot 42 percent from corner 3 last season. He shot 32 from the corners the season before. #Raptors
— Hasan Alanam (@hasanalanam) November 30, 2012
As for McGuire, I’m quite disappointed with how his brief time as a Raptor unfolded. Despite the lack of name recognition, I was actually pretty happy about the acquisition at the time because I saw Dom as a solid defensive option to bring off of the bench when an opposing player started heating up (McGuire can theoretically guard four positions on the court).
McGuire was miscast as a regular rotation player and eventual starter because of the injuries, and he had a couple of frustrating moments where he didn’t seem to understand his role – or rather his non role – on the offensive end, but if Pietrus isn’t shooting well, I just don’t see him being much of an upgrade at this point of his career.