Source: Knicks 'fit' Pietrus' criteria

December, 22, 2011
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Shooting guard Mickael Pietrus was waived by the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday.

If he makes it through waivers unclaimed, Pietrus will be free to sign with any team.

Would the 29-year-old shooting guard be a fit for the Knicks?

A source with knowledge of Pietrus' situation told ESPNNewYork.com that four teams had shown interest in Pietrus as of Monday night but the Knicks were not one of them.

However, with Pietrus' reputation as a strong perimeter defender and the Knicks' unsettled situation at shooting guard, there Knicks may show interest, depending on the health of Pietrus' knee.

The source said Pietrus has expressed an interest in signing with a playoff team if he clears waivers.

"The Knicks fit that criteria," the source said.

It's also believed that Pietrus would be amenable to signing for the $2.5 million "room" exception. The Knicks still have the "room" exception.

Landry Fields is currently pencilled in as the Knicks' starting shooting guard. Rookie Iman Shumpert has also impressed coaches during training camp.

Toney Douglas is expected to start for the the Knicks at point guard on Sunday against the Celtics. But if Douglas is removed from that role (which is a possibility with Baron Davis in the fold), he could also play minutes at shooting guard.

Of course, any interest in Piertrus may be tempered by the health of his right knee.

Pietrus was traded to the Toronto Raptors earlier this month for a conditional second-round pick, but the Raptors rescinded the trade after Pietrus' troublesome right knee was flagged during his Toronto physical.

According to ESPN.com's Marc Stein, Pietrus is expected to draw interest from the Lakers and Celtics, in addition to the Knicks.

A report from Comcast Sports New England on Tuesday stated that Pietrus would "lean" toward the Celtics if he cleared waivers.

The Pietrus source added that he would be surprised if the Knicks end up pursuing in the 29-year-old because they hadn't previously shown interest. Though the source did not rule out the possibility of interim GM Glen Grunwald & Co. making contact with Pietrus' camp in the coming days.

The 6-6, 215-pound guard averaged 7 points, 2 rebounds and 0.6 assist last season.

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