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Magic Sign Free Agent Mickael Pietrus

Five-year veteran brings versatility, defensive presence to Orlando.

July 10, 2008 Orlando, FL – The Orlando Magic have signed free agent guard-forward Mickael Pietrus (MY-kel PEET-rus), General Manager Otis Smith announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal are not disclosed.

“Mickael brings versatility and athleticism to our roster,” said Smith. “He is a solid defender who will fit in very well with our team. We are excited to add Mickael and feel he can help us reach our ultimate goal.”

Pietrus (6”6”, 215, 2/7/82) played in 66 games (16 starts) last season with Golden State, averaging 7.2 ppg., 3.7 rpg. and 1.00 stlpg. in 20.0 minpg. He also shot .361 (66-183) from three-point range. Pietrus scored in double figures 22 times, including a season-high 23 points on Feb. 29 vs. Philadelphia, and recorded three double-doubles.

Selected in the first round (11th overall) of the 2003 NBA Draft by Golden State, Pietrus has appeared in 310 career NBA regular season games, all with the Warriors, averaging 8.6 ppg. and 3.4 rpg. in 21.0 minpg. He has also played in 11 career playoff games, averaging 6.0 ppg. and 3.8 rpg. in 19.0 minpg.

Prior to competing in the NBA, Pietrus played professionally in France for four seasons with Pau Orthez (PO OR-tez), making his pro debut at the age of 17. He played in 130 career games in both the French Pro-A League and the Euroleague, he averaged 8.6 ppg., 3.0 rpg. and 1.7 apg. Pietrus played for the French National Team at the 2006 FIBA World Championships.

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