Wednesday, July 9th, 2008 at 10:30 am  |  27 responses

Welcome to Orlando, Mickael Pietrus

by Marcel Mutoni

Mickael Pietrus, the perenially unhappy Warriors forward will be a member of the Orlando Magic next season. The cost: $25 million.

The deal will pay Pietrus a little over $6 million per season, and gives Orlando some much-needed defensive help at the shooting guard spot. The Magic must now figure out what to do about Keyon Dooling. The Orlando Sentinel has Dooling’s thoughts on the matter:

Dooling, who played with the Magic for the last three seasons as a point guard and shooting guard, said Tuesday afternoon that he had yet to receive an offer sheet from Orlando. He said at least seven teams have showed interest in him.

“It looks like they have filled their position at the 2. Pietrus will help us,” Dooling said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen. Things are all over the place.”

Financially, it looks as though the Magic are tied up, as they have no interest in paying the luxury tax.

As for Pietrus, he did show flashes in Don Nelson’s system (despite a lack of playing time), but no one can say for sure how he will perform with more minutes. Regardless, $25 mil for a guy who averaged less than 8 points per night has to be considered a pretty nice pay day for Mickael and his agent.

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  • http://fjkdlzf.com Jukai


  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    The Magic have to be paying the luxury tax next season, no?

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    That’s way too much money for him.

  • Benoit Benjamin

    The last defensive minded frenchman who played for Orlando was tariq abdul-wahad. But he wasn’t too bad there. i think Pietrus is good player and actually a much better fit for the NBA game than other frenchmen.

  • Rasheedionics

    Wait a minute. Warriors gave Turiaf almost $5 million a year but couldnt afford to pay Pietrus $6 million a year. And Pietrus is much better player. That’s just some bad management.

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    Let’s revisit a SLAM article in the Oden/Durant issue that spoke of the cycle that started with the Nellie days in Oakland, followed by the collossal (sp?) crash and departure of several players. Did history repeat itself? Who’s still on this team?

  • http://www.clutchfans.net Nick

    Sheed–the warriors need size, meaning bulk, not skinny latvians/1 and done college kids. And roni turiaf is fu(king nuts, and thus a perfect fit for GS. When him and stack are on the bench at the same time, i don’t know if the game or the bench-dance-party will be more interesting.

  • Captain America

    NBA, where overspending happens.

  • http://www.nba.com/celtics/ Moose

    mickael pietrus isnt worth that much . . .

  • Tommy Patron

    Pietrus is nice. I’m anxious to see him getting major burn this coming season.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    having seen him play a few more times than the general public, i like pietrus. warriors already have too many wing players, thus pietrus got no burn. he’s a good athletic player who’s quite good defensively. it’ll help magic’s small backcourt tremendously.

  • iLL wiLL

    So between Rashard Lewis and Pietrus, that’s a lot of money, and neither one of those guys is the go-to guy.

  • http://birdmonster.blogspot.com tenorca

    Magic fans: Get ready for a season of the patented step-out-of-bounds-before-driving-to-the-hoop move Pietrus made famous his last two years here. He’s alright, (nice defender, decent 3-point shot, totally inconsistent) but he isn’t worth $5 mil a year.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    In a world where Rashard Lewis is a max player, Pietrus is just fine at $5m per.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    $6m. Whatever.

  • ciolkstar

    I was really hoping the Spurs would make a move for him, but of course were sitting on our hands AGAIN this off season. Ridiculous!

  • ciolkstar

    I commented before reading the article, there’s no way we would’ve given him a similar deal…

  • ciolkstar

    I remember he played really well for a stretch last year while Nellie was “showcasing” him to entice a trade offer. He had two Lebron -like swta in a game I watched.

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  • http://www.sprint.com/sero Dma

    warriors need size my a$$ when you pay potentially $10M a year for corey frickin maggette you’ve got problems. go magic! now who wants jj redick?

  • http://myspace.com/jrcfl Justin

    Happy about the addition of Pietrus, but not if it is at the cost of losing Dooling.

  • http://birdmonster.blogspot.com tenorca

    Nick: You know you love Biedrins. Come on. He’s fantastic and awkward and still underused. If Hendrix can play (big if) and if they get Turiaf (less big if), they might actually have some bodies out there. No more prom dates with DJ “Jazzy” Mbenga is a good thing.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/Dacre Dacre

    SUNS WILL TAKE JJ REDDICK…..if he can still shoot and not air ball shots next season. BIG UPGRADE FROM BONES BARRY.

  • LAN

    What is wrong with 10 mill a year for maggette? you’re joking, right? You do no he averaged 22,6 n 3. Those stats aren’t anything to laugh at. If Ellis can slide over to the point warriors will be playoff contenters in the uber-competitive west. Also i would pay just as much for maggette as lewis

  • B

    wuts the starting line up for the magic gonna b now…..is rashard lewis gonna b the PF again?

  • daniel

    nelson, turkoglu, lewis, battie, howard. i think thats the same they were gonna have last year before batties injury, but now they will have an upgraded bench with pietrus possibly the 6th man. Mo evans is solid too

  • http://www.truthismygame.com/ Kevin

    way too much cash for him, but its the Magic we’re talking about here.. that being said, i think Pietrus will be a good fit in that lineup.. hope he improves on his shooting :)