To nobody’s surprise the Phoenix Suns waived Mickael Pietrus today after he agreed to a $4.2 million buyout of his $5.3 million salary, according to The Arizona Republic.
Moving Pietrus was something of a foregone conclusion after the team attempted to trade him to Toronto earlier this month before the deal was thwarted by the Frenchman’s injured knee. Pietrus did not take part in Phoenix’s training camp, and by making this move the Suns are saying they feel they would be better off with Pietrus away from the team.
“Both Mickael and us realized it’d be beneficial for both parties to part ways,” Suns president of basketball ops Lon Babby told The Republic. “There’s an expression that, ‘All’s well that ends well.’ In this case, all’s well that ends.”
Added head coach Alvin Gentry, “In order for it to be a good fit, you’ve got to want to be here and I’m not sure he was ever fully engaged about being here.”
Having released Vince Carter earlier this offseason, Marcin Gortat remains the only piece from the blockbuster trade with Orlando last December but in conjunction with jettisoning Hedo Turkoglu from their books it still looks one-sided in favor of Phoenix.
ESPN’s Marc Stein reported that Boston, New York and the Lakers could be interested in Pietrus if he clears waivers.
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