Pietrus, the Caribbean-born Frenchman whom Golden State drafted 11th overall in 2003, threw down the gauntlet after practice Tuesday, making a very public plea for a change of address before the Feb.21 NBA trade deadline.
"I want to be moved," said Pietrus, who will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season and has no plans of returning to Oakland. "I want to be moved. I want to be moved. I want to be traded."
The 6-foot-6, 215-pound Pietrus said that he was frustrated at having to play out of position at power forward and even occasionally center, something that's been the case ever since Stephen Jackson took over as the starter at small forward in January 2007.
Before Jackson's arrival, Pietrus was averaging 13.7 points and 5.0 rebounds in 31.1 minutes per game last season. In 93 games since then a timeframe that bridges the 2006-'07 and'07-08 seasons and includes Golden State's playoff games last spring those numbers are down to 7.0, 3.4 and 19.7.
"I definitely want to be traded to another team that I can help at the (shooting guard or small forward) position," Pietrus said. "I think that it was good to play (power forward and center), but it's not really my primary spot. It's not where I'm so efficient. So I want to move on. "I think I came here, I worked my ass off for the team, and now it's good that we have a playoff team. I feel like I need to move on and go somewhere else I can help the team right away."
Pietrus who used the words "trade" or "move" 20 times in seven minutes' worth of conversation with media members Tuesday might have hoped the frank talk would accelerate his departure date.
But coach Don Nelson and executive vice president Chris Mullin, both of whom met privately with Pietrus in recent days to discuss the situation, showed no signs of fresh urgency to reach a resolution.
"We're not just going to trade him because he wants to be traded," Nelson said. "If we can get a player for him, we'll trade him, and if we can't, he's gonna stay here. Real simple. It has to be somebody that we like, somebody that can help us. (Pietrus) is an NBA player. I have to get an NBA player back for him that I like."
Pietrus has been anticipating a deal for several months. First, he hoped to find a sign-and-trade accord over the summer. When that didn't materialize, he took the Warriors' one-year, $3.47 million qualifying offer and waited for the league-mandated trading prohibition to end, which it did on Jan.1.
"If he's not moved, everybody loses," said Bill McCandless, one of Pietrus' agents. "The Warriors get no compensation, and Mike stands to lose insofar as the number of teams" interested in his services this summer.
McCandless reiterated Tuesday that the team had been close to dealing Pietrus last week, but that assertion was flatly rejected by Mullin and others in the organization.
The sticking point with any and all potential deals, as it was back in July, remains what constitutes a fair price for Pietrus. While several teams have shown interest, the Warriors are loath to take on any player with a contract that goes beyond this season, lest that make it more difficult to keep talent like Andris Biedrins and Monta Ellis.
Warriors captain Baron Davis who arrived three years ago after forcing a trade from the New Orleans Hornets said he has been talking to Pietrus about his unhappiness.
"It is a tough situation, because you're having fun winning, but at the same time, you're not happy with your play or your total feeling towards the team," Davis said. "Sometimes it's just time to move on. It ain't gonna fit all the time. At the same time, you're here, so you've got to play. And you might as well play well, because it's only going to help your stock."
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