Gigi Datome Rumors
“I have not decided anything yet about my future because I want the NBA free agency to start” Datome wrote on Facebook. “I want to see if I will get offers from NBA teams and then I will decide the best for me and my career” added Datome
Jerebko and Bass will be unrestricted free agents, but the Celtics will maintain Bird rights on both players. The Celtics could also extend a qualifying offer to Datome, but Ainge declined to say whether he would do so.
Midseason additions such as Jae Crowder, Jonas Jerebko and Luigi Datome, along with veteran forward Brandon Bass, will be on the short list of Celtics hitting the free agent market. Ainge did not dismiss the possibility of bringing back any of them next season. “Rather than going individual by individual,” Ainge said when asked about his interest in the free agents, “I would just say that we like all of them to some degree. Some of it’s going to be dependent on numbers and roster spots and draft and trades and everything else. So you just can’t emphatically say anything about anybody, other than I can emphatically say that we will definitely qualify Jae Crowder, which I think is pretty obvious. But other than that, the unrestricted free agents, it’s uncertain. But we do like each one of them and would welcome any one of them back at the right price and in the right role.”
In July 2013 I had the target to show that I belong to this level. It has been 2 long and mostly hard years, but I’m satisfied and proud for how I took advantage of the opportunities they gave me. I didn’t do anything who’ll change NBA’s history, but I know the effort I put in it and I’m proud of myself. This summer I will be a free agent. I’ll try like always to do the best choice for my career, valuing every propose with huge attention, from everywhere it comes from. In the while, as you can see from the beautiful drawing of Mauro Mazzara, I’ll go through the ocean one more time heading Sardinia(my island). Like a Celtic, with my national team jersey underarm. It will be another summer(the 15th) of work with big targets. Always with the smile on my face, until I will have a basketball to let fly in the air.
Today with a cool head I want to write some thoughts about the former season, my 12th as a pro, which ended yesterday. I began it with big determination fighting for a spot in Detroit, with no results. I went to the gym EACH and EVERY day to prepare myself to be the most ready as possible when the holy occasion would have came. It needed months of patience and a trade, which involved one of my favorite players(I have Prince’s Kentucky jersey at home). I want to thank Boston and the Celtics for the last 2 months spent together. The management who made the trade happen. The players who welcomed me since the really beginning. The coaching, conditioning, strength and physiotherapist staff who helped me in fitting in and getting me better. All the people who work at the facility, at the Garden and in the organization who allowed us the do our job at the best. Our fans, from literally all over the world, who hit me on social medias and those from Boston who showed me huge love in the city and specially at the arena. I will never forget the garden chanting my name!
Datome will be unrestricted free agent from July 1. He spoke with Gazzetta.it. Boston Celtics. It was great to play for the Celtics and to reach the NBA Playoffs. I had my first real chance in the NBA, after almost two years. It was great to wear the Celtics jersey. Future. It is too early to talk about. I will decide my future after I will get some offers during the summer. I expect to have proposals from both the NBA and European teams. Then I will sit and make the best decision for me and my career as I’ve always tried to do.
But deficiencies like defense aside, Ainge does believe Datome’s best skill has a place in the NBA. He’s that good a shooter. But Ainge thought of a former Celtic when addressing the league’s numbers problem. “This is a really hard business,” Ainge said. “There’s 400 players in this league, and 60 more who get drafted each year. You’ve got a former NBA player of the week in Jordan Crawford who can’t get back in the league the next year. Now he’s leading (the Fort Wayne Mad Ants) to the D-League finals. “So you don’t know. But in my eyes Gigi has proven that he’s an NBA player.”
CBS Boston: Were you a little surprised that you didn’t get any kind of an opportunity with a new coaching regime in Detroit (with Stan Van Gundy) in your second season in the league? Gigi Datome: I wanted to have an opportunity with the Pistons because it was my original team. They made the choice to prefer other players, so I couldn’t do anything about it and just accepted this season, be a good teammate and wait for my opportunity. It didn’t arrive there, it arrived here and I’m happy about it.
“(Detroit) was frustrating. The NBA is nice, but I wasn’t playing basketball anymore. They didn’t give me the opportunity, but it’s part of this life and this business. Coming here is a new opportunity and a new life. “I don’t take it for granted (now). I’m not a player who knows he’s going to play 25 minutes a game. Maybe I will play two minutes, five minutes, maybe he won’t put me in the game again. I have to do my best.”
Datome, a free agent this summer, now feels his options — including a possible return to the Celtics — have expanded. He had a self-imposed deadline coming up, fast. “When I signed a two-year deal I said I wanted to put a line at the end of the two years, do everything I could do in that time,” he said. “Every day I was trying to do my job and waiting for the opportunity. When the season was over, I would then think about whether I wanted to keep an NBA career or go back overseas.
CBS Boston: You are a free agent at the end of the season here. Do you want to stay in Boston or at least the NBA? Or is it tough knowing your opportunities might be limited here for playing time? Gigi Datome: It’s really early now. I hope during my free agency, hopefully the Celtics, hopefully other teams make a call or offer, because it means that this month, I did something good. For sure, I would like to be involved, feeling like part of the team, not just on the roster. It’s really early now and the focus is on the playoffs.
You are a free agent at the end of the season here. Do you want to stay in Boston or at least the NBA? Or is it tough knowing your opportunities might be limited here for playing time? Gigi Datome: It’s really early now. I hope during my free agency, hopefully the Celtics, hopefully other teams make a call or offer, because it means that this month, I did something good. For sure, I would like to be involved, feeling like part of the team, not just on the roster. It’s really early now and the focus is on the playoffs.
Gigi Datome, Celtics’ small-forward, will be an unrestricted free-agent this summer but there’s a growing sense around the league that the Italian player can land another NBA deal, sources told Sportando. Several European teams are willing to sign Datome this summer, including Barcelona, but the Italian forward would love to stay in the NBA.
In those minutes, however, Datome has shown he has one extremely significant NBA skill: He can shoot the ball, probably better than anyone else on the Celtics’ roster. Brad Stevens has taken notice. “I think he’s a really good player,” Stevens said. “I said the other day, I think he’s our best shooter. I think he’s one of the better shooters I’ve seen.”
Scott Souza: #Celtics coach Brad Stevens on Gigi Datome: Not only best shooter on our team, one of better shooters I’ve seen … I’m in his corner.
Jay King: Before the game, Zeller asked Gigi what he does in his free time. Gigi said he reads. Zeller asked what. “Books,” Gigi explained.
Luigi Datome, a native of Sardinia who was perhaps the finest Italian player in Serie A before he went to Detroit to languish on the bench, reemerged as one of Brad Stevens’ best shooters off the bench. And, as the Garden crowd demonstrated yet again during the swingman’s 10-point performance last night, there’s no shortage of appreciation. “I’m very surprised, but I think people are excited because it’s somebody new,” Datome said after the Celtics’ 108-89 win over Philadelphia. “Brand new in this league, but, of course, the love from the fans is moving me on.”
Outside of basketball, Datome plays the guitar. He learned the instrument three years ago and is modest about his musical skills. “I play easy stuff because I’m not that good,” he said with a smile. “But sometimes I can listen to the rhythm and think, O.K. this should be easy. I try the chord and then I can follow the song. I feel good, I feel very nice (when I’m playing). I can play ‘Stairway to Heaven’ from Led Zeppelin. My former teacher trusted me a lot. I can play it up to a certain point. It’s like three or four minutes of the song.”
“I am just focused on playing my best basketball in the last 20 games of the regular season and to reach playoffs” said Datome. “When the season ends I will consider all the offers. I hope to get a lot of proposals and I wish most of them come from NBA teams. It would mean I made a good job here. I will decide what is the best for me at 28. The goal is to play with more responsibility. Having responsibility on the court is the thing I miss the most” added the forward. “I am a better player now than when I moved to the NBA. I am physically stronger and I understand better the NBA games” ended Datome.
When Datome was a member of the Pistons, these workouts became routine out of necessity. Night after night, he was either placed on the inactive list or at the end of the bench, and day after day, he went to the gym for extra work with a Pistons assistant. The joy basketball long had provided was slowly melting. “It was tough. It was kind of depressing,” said Datome. “Not as much depressing, but frustrating. For the first time in my life, basketball felt like a job. Go there every day, every single day. I gave myself two days off, I think — Thanksgiving and Christmas. And that was just because I wanted to give days off to [the assistant coach].”
There is more question with the other player acquired from Detroit with Jerebko for Tayshaun Prince. Gigi Datome, a 6-8 shooter, has appeared in just one game for the C’s thus far, a 3:46 stint in the 21-point win over New York last week. There was talk after the trade that Datome could be waived or bought out. “I don’t know what his role’s going to be, but I don’t think there was ever any decision made on that,” Ainge said. “I don’t know how Gigi fits into the whole scheme of things, but I like him. He’s a great shooter. We’re not looking to get rid of him or buy him out. I just don’t know how he fits in. We have a lot of guys, with Crowder and James Young and Evan Turner, that can play small forward. But we’ll see.”