Pietrus on leaving Celtics: 'I can't get over it'

Pietrus on leaving Celtics: 'I can't get over it'
March 13, 2013, 8:30 pm
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BOSTON — There's a seemingly perpetual upbeat demeanor about Mickael Pietrus, something the Boston Celtics saw on a daily basis last season.

If he had his way, he would still be donning a Celtics green jersey.

He's with a new team, but Pietrus acknowledges that he still holds on dearly to his time with the C's and in many ways, still envisions himself a Green Teamer.

When asked if he had gotten over no longer being a Celtic, Pietrus said, "I can't get over it. I can not; I'll be honest with you. Boston was what I like to do, fight, protect the jersey. That's what I like to do."

Boston's decision to not re-sign Pietrus this summer involved a couple of different factors.

For starters, Pietrus was looking for a contract that paid more than the veteran's minimum, which was the only contract the C's would consider inking him to.

And re-signing him would have meant some of the C's other targets fell through, which did not happen when the Celtics were able to engineer a sign-and-trade to acquire Courtney Lee from Houston.

"He was great for us," said Celtics coach Doc Rivers. "He's another one of those guys you want not just on your team, but in your locker room. He's a sunshine-bringer. You laugh when you see him and when he's around. He works hard, but he keeps things happy."

And Pietrus will once again become a free agent this summer, making it abundantly clear that his first choice of teams to sign with -- if he has a choice, of course -- would be the Celtics.

"You never know," said the always-optimistic Pietrus. "Maybe I'll be back; cross your fingers.

"I had fun (in Boston). Boston is right here," said Pietrus, tapping his chest, above his heart. "It is what it is. I have to move on, but you never know. Life changes fast. I might be wearing that green again. You never know."