A healthy Mickael Pietrus is in demand once again

A healthy Mickael Pietrus is in demand once again
September 18, 2012, 5:43 am
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Asmore NBA free agents continue to find jobs, those still searching,become a priority.

MickaelPietrus one of the top NBA free agents remaining on the board has been receiving an increased level of interest from teams asof late who are looking to add an experienced wing player to theirroster.

Accordingto a source close to the situation, suddenly, three NBA teams haveshown major interest in the nine-year veteran and two of the teamsseem very motivated to get a deal done.

According to the same source, Pietrusalso has a strong overseas option on the table that contains anescape clause.

The source says, "He's considering all of his options, but he prefers toplay in the NBA and he's feeling 10 times better than last season.He's healthy for the first time in two years.

Pietrus,30, had his right knee scoped in Boston this past summer to relievehim of the discomfort he felt during the 2011-12 season. Thatprocedure was performed as a do-over to his first operation on thesame knee a year earlier in France.

Hisfirst knee procedure in the summer of 2011, was arthroscopic surgeryto remove loose bodies.

However,according to the source, the French surgeon didn't remove alarge piece of cartilage and that caused Pietrus to sufferexcruciating pain last year and he was forced to play 80 percent on oneleg.

Pietrusbegan working out again in France on Aug. 1 and has been pain-freeever since.

Theswelling and pain that he was experiencing much of the year inBoston, are gone. the source said. Mickael is healthy and he'slooking forward to next season.

Forhis career, Pietrus averages 8.4 points per game, shoots 42 percentfrom the field and 35 percent from thee-point range.

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FYI:

-Free agent guard Lester Hudson who averaged 10.9 points per gameduring the 2011-12 season as a member of the Raptors, Cavaliers, andGrizzlies has parted ways with his agent Keith Glass.