Stein: Spurs looking at Celtics forward Mickael Pietrus

By Quixem Ramirez

Rather than standing pat in light of injuries to Kawhi Leonard (quadriceps tendinitis) and Stephen Jackson (fractured finger), the San Antonio Spurs are looking at a couple of options to replace their depleted small forward rotation.

Along with James Anderson, the Spurs have been looking at Boston Celtics forward Mickael Pietrus according to Marc Stein of

Pietrus has yet to play in an NBA game this season but has received interest from the Minnesota Timberwolves and Toronto Raptors.

Pietrus is an average 3-point shooter (35.7 percent for his career) and he limited opposing small forwards to a slightly above-average player efficiency rating (15.9) according to He would be the fourth Frenchman on the roster.

There is just one caveat: The Spurs are currently under the NBA’s $70.3 million luxury tax line by approximately $1.1 million, making it difficult to sign the 10-year veteran Pietrus.

Spurs currently $1,149,135 below NBA’s luxury-tax line, enough to offer pro-rated minimum deal and stay under. Pietrus holding out for more

— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) November 20, 2012