Suns' Mickael Pietrus Will Have Surgery On Knee

Phoenix Suns swingman Mickael Pietrus had his trade to the Toronto Raptors canceled due to a lingering knee injury.

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Mickael Pietrus Trade From Phoenix Suns To Toronto Raptors Canceled

The trade that was supposed to send Mickael Pietrus to the Toronto Raptors from the Phoenix Suns in what seemed to be a salary dump has been canceled. Pietrus apparently has yet to recover from the knee injury he suffered against the Raptors all the way back in March of last season.

The forward's agent, Bill McCandless, confirmed to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic that the trade has been canceled for the time being.

McCandless said the trade has been "postponed" and that Pietrus did not fail his Friday physical exam. He said the Raptors medical staff determined that Pietrus needed two to four more weeks to be cleared for play. Toronto will likely move another direction to fill the roster slot.

Toronto's doctors flagged something they saw in Pietrus' MRI exam on his right knee, which underwent minor surgery this summer after he missed the final 12 games of the last Suns season too.

Pietrus will now return to the Suns and continue to rehabilitate his knee. It's unclear whether he's in future plans for Phoenix.


NBA Rumors: Suns Trade Mickael Pietrus To Raptors, According To Report

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.

For more on the Raptors, visit Raptors HQ. For more on the Suns, visit Bright Side Of The Suns.

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