The Knicks are looking for a shooting guard and the job description is as follows:
- Someone who can make shots behind the arc
- Someone who can defend
- Someone who doesn’t need the ball or a ton of minutes
- Someone who knows how to play with a post player
- Someone with playoff experience
- Someone who won’t play for a ton of money
- Someone who can step in and out of the lineup
Pietrus had surgery previously on the same knee, but his recovery proved to be problematic, which was in part why the Phoenix Suns bought him out and thus allowed him to join with the Celtics. In his lone season in Boston, Pietrus became an instant hit with his teammates and Celtics Nation in part by correctly predicting the C’s would eventually make a strong playoff run despite a less-than-stellar start to the season.
They did just that, advancing all the way to the Eastern Conference finals before being eliminated in seven games by the Heat.
Although Pietrus’ energy and as Doc Rivers puts it, “great spirit” were positives for the ball club, his struggles physically with the knee limited his impact at both ends of the floor.
“I was never 100 percent all year,” Pietrus acknowledged. “Next couple weeks, I’ll start running and start basketball and doing what I do in the summertime to get better. And with my knee better, I should be a decent player.”
Pietrus had an impact on 2 games in last years playoff runs for the Celtics, who lost Ray Allen but have a lot of youthful options on their roster and in their summer league including Avery Bradley, Kris Joseph and E’Twan Moore. The development of these players could make Pietrus available for a minimum contract.