Mickael Pietrus made headlines a little over a month ago when he shared his frustration with the Phoenix Suns over a lack of playing time last season. This also occurred after he picked up his player option for $5.3 million to play with the Suns next season. Adding insult to injury, Pietrus went on to say that Kobe Bryan told him he would like to see him play for Suns' division rivals Los Angeles Lakers.
Shortly after this news broke, Pietrus underwent arthroscopic surgery in his right knee while staying in France. Since then very little has been heard about Pietrus until Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic recently wrote an article after having a conversation with Mickael Pietrus's agent, Bill McCandless, who told Coro that the surgery apparently went well, and that Pietrus should be finished rehabbing his knee by the end of this month. In addition, McCandless also said that, "He's good with being back in Phoenix or fine to be traded...He just wants to play."
While Pietrus may be "good" with coming back to Phoenix next season, one has to wonder if the feeling is mutual. In one fell swoop Pietrus managed to alienate himself from both the fans and the front office by exercising his player option to stay with Phoenix, and then complain about his playing time with the team after a very lackluster performance last season. Normally this would indicate that a trade could occur, but trading Pietrus and his overvalued contract would likely see the Suns taking back negative value in return. This may very well lead a situation of both sides having to deal with each other for the time being, like it or not.