The Boston Celtics and GM Danny Ainge knew last season that they were going to need a solid back up to help relieve Paul Pierce at the small forward position. Jeff Green had to miss the season due to heart surgery and they needed another forward on the roster. They did not feel the need to go down that path again. That decision led the organization to pursue and eventually sign Mickael Pietrus, an athletic small forward who had established a reputation as a solid, but not great player during his tenure in the NBA.
Fast forward to 2013 and the deal was a solid one by Ainge. Pietrus wasn’t a game changer for the franchise, but he allowed then head coach Doc Rivers to mix and match his lineups. He could move Pierce to the power forward position and play a small ball lineup at different points in the game.
Pietrus was really solid during the playoffs two years ago, hitting a few notable key shots. He hit a couple huge three pointers during the team’s series against Lebron James and the Miami Heat and almost helped lead them to an upset of the heavily favored Heat. One key moment in that series occurred later in the series when during a particular play, Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo tapped an offense rebound to Pietrus in the corner. He buried the three pointer and allowed the Celtics to stay in the game. That was one play that will often stick out to Celtics fans.
Pietrus was a solid signing by the Celtics and definitely provided the team depth last season.
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18