Suns Buyout Mickael Pietrus

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

In a move that was very surprising to me the Phoenix Suns bought out the contract of Mickael Pietrus. Key word being bought out, not amnestied. This means the Suns still have their one-time amnesty to use at another point. What they did instead was pay $4.2 million of his contract and placed him on waivers.

The Suns bought out Pietrus’ contract, paying him about $4.2 million of his $5.3 million salary. Once he clears waivers, Pietrus can pick from a group of other interested teams, led by Boston, to make up the difference.

“Both Mickael and us realized it’d be beneficial for both parties to party ways,” Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby said. “There’s an expression that, ‘All’s well that ends well.’ In this case, all’s well that ends.” (The Arizona Republic)

Just a few days ago the Suns had a trade lined up with the Toronto Raptors. That trade was “postponed” because of Pietrus’ knee. The reason being he had a setback in his return from off season knee surgery and would be out an addition two to four weeks.

In the grand scheme of things that’s a small of time and with others like the Boston Celtics also interested in his services, is his knee enough to warrant him being bought out? In my opinion, not at all. So there had to be more to this and Suns coach Alvin Gentry completely threw him under the bus.

“He was really our kind of player — a big guy who can shoot,” Suns Coach Alvin Gentry said. “In order for it to be a good fit, you’ve got to want to be here and I’m not sure he was every fully engaged about being here.” (The Arizona Republic)

So basically Gentry said he’s become a cancer to the team and someone who has no interest of being a Sun. I’m just surprised that the Suns would do this when they could have gotten something of value in return.

Pietrus is one player I don’t expect to clear waivers. I’d think the Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics would both put in claims. I’m sure some others would love to have his seven points and two rebounds in under 20 minutes a game production.

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