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Report: Pistons to sign Italian guard Gigi Datome

Jul 9, 2013, 1:14 PM EDT

Luigi “Gigi” Datome Getty Images

With a front line of Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe and Josh Smith, the Pistons need guys to space the floor and knock down jump shots. No, not you Josh Smith, you stay near the basket, they need to get other guys to be shooters.

Enter Italian forward Luigi “Gigi” Datome.

The 6’9” forward who was the Italian League MVP and played for Virtus Roma is bound for Detroit, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Datome himself confirmed this on Facebook, translation via the site Hoops Rumors.

“I decided to become a player for the Detroit Pistons. I think it may be the right place for me to make a quantum leap in my career and to fulfill the dream of a lifetime. I am very excited to join the group of players in Detroit.”

This is a two-year, $3.5 million deal.

Datome is a three who likes to shoot from distance, he averaged 16.2 points a game and shot 39.4 percent from three last season.

Datome will come off the bench behind Jonas Jerebko but if he can knock down shots he will see a lot of minutes. The Pistons need players on the wings.

  1. timb12 - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:28 PM


  2. bugboo48 - Jul 9, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    The headline says he is a guard and the story says small forward and nowhere does it indicate his age……….nice article.

    • dangernearing - Jul 9, 2013 at 4:23 PM

      It’s just Kurt’s showing us his Crab Dribble. 😀

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:54 PM

      Per Wikipedia: 26 years old come November.

  3. bellerophon30 - Jul 9, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    He must want to challenge himself, I find it hard to believe he’s not taking a pay cut as Italian League MVP to 2 years $3.5 million.

    Good for him though, even if finding playing time in that front court is going to be pretty hard.

  4. dezglobal - Jul 9, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Another Forward for the Pistons? Cool he can shoot which is what they need but damn.. They need a solid PG not another FWD.

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