Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 at 10:10 am  |  12 responses

Detroit Pistons to Sign Luigi Datome from Italy for $3.5 Million

In search of some outside shooting, the Detroit Pistons have agreed to terms (2 years, $3.5 million) with Italian League MVP Luigi Datome. The 25-year old marksman played for Virtus Roma last season, averaging 16.6 points and 5.8 rebounds (on 47% shooting from the field.) . Per the AP: “The Pistons wanted to add a player with Datome’s skill set soon after adding former Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith. They found what they were looking for in the 25-year-old Datome, who is from Italy. The 6-foot-7 forward, who has made 40 percent of his 3-point attempts over the last 10 years, averaged 16-plus points and nearly two 3-pointers per game last season. Detroit desperately needed to upgrade the talent on its roster this summer and took a big step Saturday, agreeing to a $54 million, four-year deal with Smith. The 6-foot-9, 225-pound forward scored a team-high 17.5 points last season for the Hawks and also averaged 8.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1.2 steals. The Pistons hired coach Maurice Cheeks to replace Lawrence Frank, who was fired a day after they finished 29-53 this year. Detroit will likely start the 27-year-old Smith it its frontcourt with 23-year-old power forward Greg Monroe and center Andre Drummond, who turns 20 next month. In the backcourt, the Pistons have Brandon Knight and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, the No. 8 overall pick in last month’s draft. The franchise, mired in a four-year postseason drought, went into the offseason with $20-plus million in cap space.”

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  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    That’ll be an interesting starting frontcourt of Smith, Monroe, and Drummond. Smith and Drummond will get blocks galore.

  • ATL dynamite

    Sorry but I cannot help it…

  • Caboose

    Knight, Caldwell-Pope, Smith, Drummond, Monroe with Bynum, Stuckey, and Luigi off the bench? That’s Playoffs in the East for sure.

  • AiRsMiTh

    Sounds like a nice pickup. 3.5 million for 2 years? I guess NBA teams don’t pay those Italian League MVPs. Teams must have slept on him or maybe his game won’t translate to the NBA. I’m thinking it’s the former. Will be interesting to look for. I think the Pistons might have some nice foreign talent, as well as domestic.

  • AiRsMiTh

    Don’t forget about Singler. He gets buckets. They have some front court depth too.

  • Caboose

    Agreed. What’s nice is, any combination of Smith, Drummond, and Monroe can just be shifted to play the 4 and 5 positions, if Detroit wants to go small.

  • spit hot fiyah

    is jerebko still under contract?

  • ATL dynamite

    But with Smith they won’t go far. We had enough of his medicine in the past few years… this is a guy who insists to jack up air-ball threes at the last few minutes of elimination games.
    The problem is definitely not his talent. But if he keeps on seeing himself as the ultimate leader that can do multiple things by himself, especially with such a young roster, this will only be another Hawks team you’ve been seeing during these years.

  • ATL dynamite

    He is like another Walter Hermann to me, a guy who has all the fundamentals and would thrive in the Piston’s system. Apart than that, not much more should be anticipated.

  • Da Real

    When are ppl going to admit that Brandon Knight is the problem in Detroit. Getting dunked on and dropped during ASW aside, he is just NOT the the stud starter they thought he would be. Pistons will regret passing on Cj McCollum for years to come. Cauldwell-Pope isnt that much better than Kris Middleton.

  • masterchiefer420

    McCollum was selected before Detroit had a chance my dude.

  • Da Real

    I thought Pope went 8th and McCollum 10th?