Pete Mickeal Drawing Interest From Lakers, 76ers

September 2 2013 at 1:14pm CDT By Zach Links

Pete Mickeal has been one of the top Americans playing abroad for the last decade and NBA interest has picked up considerably for him this season, agent Happy Walters tells HoopsHype (on Twitter).  The Lakers and Sixers are among the teams that are fans of Mickeal and thinking about bringing him stateside.

Mickeal has struggled with injury last season but he's now 100% and clear to play, according to Walters (Twitter link).  However, the small forward will only sign with an NBA team if he gets a guaranteed deal (link).  A guaranteed deal could be hard to come by for the 35-year-old, but the Sixers still need to add players and salary to reach the league minimum.  Philadelphia obviously isn't in a position to contend this season, but a veteran presence could be a welcome addition for the young club.

Mickeal was drafted by the Mavs in the second round of the 2000 Draft, waived, and picked up by the Knicks, but he never saw live action thanks to injury.  He eventually wound up traveling around the globe with stints in the Philippines,  Greece, Russia, and South Korea.  He's spent the last few years with FC Barcelona, leading them to championship gold and capturing the Spanish Cup MVP last season.

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