Pietrus needs time to strengthen knee
Pietrus, who the team announced Tuesday would wear No. 28, had arthroscopic surgery this offseason and that contributed to him failing a physical after being traded to Toronto this offseason. Instead, he facilitated a buyout with the Phoenix Suns, paving the way for him to ink a veteran minimum deal with the Celtics on Saturday.
As the Celtics navigate the start of the season with captain Paul Pierce battling a bruised right heel, a healthy Pietrus would bring welcome depth on the wing (especially with Jeff Green out for the season due to a heart ailment). Instead, Rivers said Pietrus is unlikely to debut until into the new calendar year. Rivers also suggested it might be as much as a month before Pietrus is 100 percent again.
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