My colleague, Tim Kawakami blogged that Mickael Pietrus is likely to come back for the $3.4 M qualifying offer the Warriors extended to him (which they had to do to make him a restricted free agent and have the right to match any offer he received). I’d take Pietrus at this price, though I wouldn’t mine just letting him walk anyway. That’s still a lot of money for what he brings, and I’d just as soon let Kelenna Azubuike try to fill that void for much cheaper. My opinion would be different is MP wasn’t the same player he was two years ago. But he is.
But, this might help the Warriors in the KG move because that is still pretty cheap. Pietrus, if Minnesota likes him, could now be a part of a KG deal because he’ll be either an expiring contract or cheap, young talent. He was pretty much out of the deal if some team would have thrown too much money at him. But no team bit, and Pietrus is going to have to settle for a small raise and no long-term security. So he becomes valuable to the Warriors on the trade market if Kawakami is right, which he almost always is.
Is $3.4 million to expensive for Pietrus, or would you love to have him back at that price?