Free agent guard/forward Mickael Pietrus has opted to sit out the remainder of the 2013-14-basketball season to focus on returning to the NBA next year, his agent Bill McCandless informed CSNNW.com.
Pietrus, 32, had multiple overseas offers on the table; however, the swingman declined those preludes in hopes that a NBA team would pick him up.
Due to a number of NBA teams unwilling to make room for available proven veterans with a deep draft class approaching, McCandless says his client will shoot for a 2014-15 NBA return. The swingman wishes to play two-to-three more seasons before calling it a career.
Pietrus’ camp tried to persuade the Portland Trail Blazers to give the forward a look earlier this year, but the organization believes in the players they have on its roster and made it clear that they were not, and still aren’t, looking to add anybody off the street or anybody from the D-League.
The 10-year-vet has a career average of 8.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, 0.7 steals and shoots 35 percent from three-point range. The 6-7 forward has played for six different teams during his career that includes Golden State, Orlando, Phoenix, Boston, Orlando and most recently Toronto in 2012-13.