Marc J. Spears of Yahoo reports via Twitter that the Los Angeles Lakers have expressed interest in former Celtic Mickael Pietrus. The Lakers already have Metta World Peace starting, and they have Devin Ebanks backing him up, but Pietrus is an upgrade over Ebanks. Pietrus brings more experience and a better basketball IQ than Ebanks and he’s still got some good basketball left in the tank.
Beyond backing up MWP, Pietrus could see some time at the two-guard position when Jodie Meeks isn’t available, or even in the instance that Meeks is having an off night and Mike D’Antoni wants to go another route at shooting guard.
Lastly, since Kobe Bryant often plays the role of a point guard, having one more shooter on the court will only further help the Lakers offense.
The Lakers are wise to express interest in Pietrus, who remarkably still hasn’t been signed. Either the teams in the league know something we as fans don’t, or Pietrus just slipped under the radar, because his potential role is valuable to teams. Even teams as stacked as the Lakers.