Former Phoenix Sun Mickael Pietrus is waiting through the NBA's two-day waiver period after agreeing to a buyout with the Suns, and the Celtics could receive an early Christmas present if the swingman decides to accept their offer if he clears waivers tomorrow at 6 p.m.
Barring a waiver claim, it appears Pietrus will accept the Celtics minimum contract offer and come off the bench as a backup to Paul Pierce. According to agent Bill McCandless, four teams are interested in Pietrus, 29, who was nearly traded to Toronto but the deal fell through because of a swollen knee.
Pietrus still has some of the athleticism that encouraged the Warriors to make him the 11th overall pick in the 2003 (LeBron James) draft and he's come off the bench most of his career. According to McCandless, there is mutual admiration between Pietrus and the Celtics.
"I think Mike likes the Celtics very much and likes that option very much," McCandless said. "I guess we'll open up the present tomorrow at 6:30.(p.m.). There's one team that was interested in trading for him and it did come down to the wire. I think there's a 15 percent chance of a waiver claim."
Pietrus, at 6-feet-6 inches, 215 pounds, could play shooting guard and small forward for the Celtics, who have been searching for a capable replacement to Jeff Green. With three cuts made yesterday, the Celtics have an open roster spot.
"He loves Doc (Rivers)," McCandless said. "They know each other. They speak when they see each other. It's not like he doesn't know the head coach."