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Pietrus ready to 'move' on from Warriors

OAKLAND -- English is not the first language of Warriors forward Mickael Pietrus, but he had no trouble making himself clearly understood Tuesday: Trade me now.

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 prior to the NBA's trade deadline on Feb. 21.

"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-inch, 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 '06-'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."

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.

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