The Phoenix Suns will trade Mickael Pietrus to the Toronto Raptors for a conditional second-round draft pick in a salary cap dump, reports the Toronto Star (via SB Nation Arizona). Pietrus, a Guadeloupean-born French citizen, was sent to Phoenix in the Jason Richardson-Vince Carter-Hedo Turkoglu trade last season, but played rarely. He is due $5.3 million this season, and will become an unrestricted free agent next season.
The Raptors are expected to be one of the worst teams in the NBA this season, and before the trade sat right at the NBA's payroll floor, giving the team about $11 million in cap space.
Nearly half of that will be sucked up by Pietrus, which makes it plainly obvious that Toronto has no interest bidding on any of the top-tier or even mid-rung free agents. The Raptors could have plenty of space in 2012, though, and delaying the team's entrance into free agency is likely to be smarter than blowing it in vain this year.