The lockout plot thickens. What other players will follow suit?
Mickael Pietrus, the French swingman who arrived in the Valley of the Sun via last year's mid-season trade with the Orlando Magic, is ready to part ways with the Phoenix Suns after playing just 38 games for the team. The 6'6" wing averaged 18.1 minutes per game with Phoenix, which was apparently not enough for his liking.
In a recent interview translated by HoopsHype, Pietrus shared his frustration: "Phoenix didn't use me, but that's their problem. I'm going to continue working. The only thing I care about is winning a title."
Pietrus also shared that he has received interest from many teams, such as the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics. Said Pietrus of the Lakers' interest: "This came from the best player in the world: Kobe Bryant. He told me two months ago that he would like to see me with the Lakers."
For that to happen, however, the Lakers would have to trade for him. Pietrus exercised his $5.3 million player option for the 2011-2012 season on June 15, meaning he is under contract with the Suns for another year.
The plan is actually a sound one.
If you don't ask for a refund, you'll get credit toward future games plus 10% interest. Basically, for every 10 lost games you'll get credit toward 11 in the next season.
If you want your money back, just say so by September 1 and you'll get refunded on a monthly basis (for each previous month's lost games) with a 1% interest rate. Since sports tickets are not an appreciable asset, any interest rate is a bonus. Ever hear of giving back more than the purchase price on cancelled concerts? Me neither.