Report: Raptors consider signing Pietrus

November 29, 2012, 2:52 AM

Could the Toronto Raptors soon have some help at the small forward position?

ESPN’s Marc Stein reported on Wednesday evening that the Raptors are looking for a small forward and Mickael Pietrus could be their guy.

Sources confirmed to Sportsnet that Pietrus was in Toronto on Wednesday.

Eric Koreen of the National Post reported on Twitter that Raptors president and general manager Bryan Colangelo said the Raptors are "exploring options to improve our production at the wing.”

With Pietrus in town, the assumption would be that he is here to work out or to have a physical before the team makes a decision on signing him.

Because the Raptors already have 15 players with guaranteed contracts, they would need to release a player to make room for Pietrus. Anderson or Dominic McGuire look to be the most likely candidates to be let go if the team decides to move forward with Pietrus.

After new-acquisition Fields went down with injury, Anderson started in his place. When Anderson was injured, it was McGuire who then was slotted as the Raptors starting small forward.

It was interesting to note that one night after starting against Houston, McGuire remained on the bench throughout the first half of the Raptors game against Memphis on Wednesday night.

This wouldn’t be the first time that Toronto has tried to get Pietrus in a Raptors uniform. In December 2011, the team had acquired him in a trade with the Phoenix Suns only to call off the trade after noticing swelling in the right knee that had undergone arthroscopic surgery during the 2011 offseason. Before that, Colangelo had considered signing him in the summer of 2007 before ultimately deciding on Jason Kapono.

After playing for the Boston Celtics last year, Pietrus had another arthroscopic procedure on the same right knee this past offseason.

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