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PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2007 2:24 pm
July 21, 2007

By Michael Cunningham | South Florida Sun-Sentinel

After missing out on several free-agent point guards, the Heat hopes for better results in acquiring Golden State forward Mickael Pietrus.

Heat General Manager Randy Pfund and Golden State are in discussions for a sign-and-trade involving Pietrus. The first element of such a deal is Pietrus' desire to join the Heat.

Pietrus' agent, Happy Walters, said Friday that South Florida is the preferred destination for the restricted free agent.



"We hope so," Walters said. "That is our wish. Mickael would like to be there."

Pietrus, 25, fulfills Pat Riley's desire for a young, athletic swingman. Pietrus had the most productive of his four NBA seasons in 2006-07, averaging 11.1 points and 4.5 rebounds per game while shooting 49 percent from the field.

Walters said a deal for Pietrus is complicated by the fact Pietrus is a restricted free agent. The Warriors extended Pietrus a one-year, $3.5 million tender, and can match any offer sheet Pietrus signs with another team.

Pietrus would have to negotiate a new, long-term deal before a trade unless the Heat is willing to risk losing Pietrus after one season. Further complicating the issue is the Heat is near the luxury-tax threshold, with any payroll above it taxed at 100 percent, and Golden State can afford to wait on making a decision on Pietrus.

Heat unrestricted free agent forward James Posey likely would be included as part of a trade with the Warriors. Golden State has been in talks with Posey and acquiring him in a sign-and-trade would allow the Warriors more flexibility in the contract it can offer, which is the main incentive for a sign-and-trade.

In that scenario, Pietrus essentially would replace Posey and departed free agent Jason Kapono at small forward. Pietrus shot 39 percent on 3-pointers last season, far below Kapono's league-leading 51 percent but comparable to Posey's 38 percent.

Pietrus (whose name is pronounced MY-kel PEET-rus) played four seasons in his native France before joining Golden State. He's started 81 of 244 NBA games but had his minutes reduced significantly during Golden State's run to the Western Conference semifinals.

Earlier in the week, Pietrus told the San Francisco Chronicle he's disappointed the Warriors haven't said he's in their plans while also putting off teams interested in acquiring him in a trade. Walters said he's still optimistic the Heat can figure out a way to get Pietrus.

"Randy [Pfund] is the best at making things work," he said. "The guy is a genius. I'm sure if it can be done, he'll do it."



PFUND GETS EXTENSION
The Heat announced it signed Pfund to a contract extension. Terms of the extension weren't disclosed.

Pat Riley, the team president, has final say in all personnel decisions, but Pfund serves as his top aide in basketball operations.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2007 4:41 pm
I wouldn't mind Dorell Wright. Though I wouldn't mind White Chocolate either since he his contract expires after this season. We'd have to include others like Cabbage in the deal though. But if we do trade for J-Will... I can definitely see him included in a deal for KG.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2007 8:39 pm
Pietrus had his best season and his value is good right now. I'd rather have Dorell Wright as well as he is younger and pretty skilled himself
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2007 3:02 am
xbaywarrior wrote:I wouldn't mind Dorell Wright.


I can see Posey for MP (and we'd be the clear winners of that trade), but Wright?... No. I doubt Miami is that desperate for Pietrus.

Actually, Miami will trade for MP or for Navarro (who currently is a Wizard). The one that comes cheaper. There's no comparison between those two, as Navarro is 5 times the player Pietrus CAN be... but Washington wants Etan Thomas and his 20 million contract going in that deal, and that's why Miami is looking at Pietrus.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2007 4:01 am
Yeah, that's why I believe that MP is definitely going to Miami. The thing is that maybe this is something Mullin is trying to add on to sweeten the deal with McHale. Maybe a 3-team trade is in the works with also Dorell Wright going to Minny. I mean sure, they already have Foye... but McHale would love to have Wright because he's young. Having our scrubs with Monta, Wright, and D. Wright... it just may be deal that pulls the trigger.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2007 11:00 am
This is excellent news.

Posey is so much better than Pietrus is a wide variety of ways. His handles are better. His passes aren't rushed as often. I doubt any player in the league travels as much as Mickael. What's more: Posey has been a better shooter than Pietrus for a longer period of time, he's a better defender, he can run the break, and an uptempo style really suits his game (which, I'm not sure we can say the same for Pietrus).

If this trade happens as is (Pietrus for Posey), Mullin will have upgraded the team yet again.
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