Mickael Pietrus isn’t Plan A or Plan B. But the Boston Celtics have already whiffed on Ray Allen and O.J. Mayo, and their odds of acquiring Courtney Lee look equal to Lloyd Christmas’ odds of dating Mary Swanson in Dumb and Dumber. With that understood, the Celtics have now reportedly lowered their standards to target Carlos Delfino, and a Pietrus return has become more probable.
Air France is reportedly still “very much in the picture” for the Boston Celtics. (CSNNE)
His agent, Bill McCandless, has told CSNNE.com that his client has had a number of teams express interest, but the connection Pietrus made with Celtics players and their fans is very strong.
“I think it goes without saying that he loved it in Boston,” said McCandless. “We’ll see how it all works out in the end.”
I wouldn’t mind a Pietrus return but it wouldn’t make me want to tapdance on top of the bar, either. I like him as a human being. He smiles 26 hours a day. He cracks weird jokes about chicken caesar salad. He spent the entire season at least pretending to be obsessed with Banner 18. And he’s not the worst player. He went ice cold in the playoffs and he’s streakier than this guy, but he always played defense and once in a while he’d get hot enough to melt steel. He’s definitely better than he was in the playoffs (.329 shooting and .222 from downtown), when he battled the after-effects of a concussion and a knee injury that required surgery after the season ended. He’s a great locker room dude, too, for whatever that’s worth.
But rather than give another journey-man a chance, I’d prefer more minutes for E’Twaun Moore. I know Moore isn’t a prototypical NBA point guard or shooting guard, but he’s big enough to defend opposing two-guards (which is crucial considering that he’d share a second-unit back court with Jason Terry) and he’s smart enough to play either back court position. He’s not a deadly shooter, but he can make shots. He’s not a ridiculous athlete but he can normally get to his spot. With Paul Pierce and Jeff Green set to share the small forward responsibilities, the Celtics don’t necessarily need someone who can guard threes, which is Pietrus’ biggest advantage over Moore.
Look, we don’t have much evidence that Moore can contribute consistently at the NBA level. But he never seemed misplaced on the court even as a rookie, and he should only improve this season with his first Summer League and full training camp under his belt. I’m the conductor of the E’Twaun Moore train. Hop onboard if you wish.
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