Another International Man on the way to solve the Mystery of the Raptors?

Rumours of the imminent arrival of Mickael Pietrus (left) lends piquancy to an article I’ve been building about the vacuum which persists at the Small Forward position. Whether Pietrus is the answer, or even receives a contract offer, remains to be seen. Several writers suggest that Bryan Colangelo has always had an eye on Pietrus, a 30-year-old French swingman who has never managed to grasp firmly onto a starting NBA job, despite several opportunities.

For the record: I’m skeptical; Pietrus has had knee problems, & wasn’t exactly the second coming of Michael Jordan when he was healthy. Supposedly he can defend & hit corner 3s. His career stats here.

If Pietrus is signed, someone will have to get dumped, as the Raps have 15 players (the max) on contract. One assumes McGuire would lose the game of Musical Chairs, although Alan Anderson, Aaron Gray, & John Lucas are also on shaky ground. Linas Kleiza may be safe, although he wouldn’t be if I were GM.

If Pietrus is not signed, I will publish my thoughts on how we might climb out of this early-season abyss over the weekend. If he comes on board, I guess I’ll wait & see.

Brian Boake is a staff writer for Raptors Rapture. “Like” Raptors Rapture on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @RaptorsRapture for all the latest news and updates about the best damn NBA team from Canada.





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