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March 4, 2015 Updates

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.” Boston Herald

February 22, 2015 Updates

Before the Pistons signed Datome out of Italy, the Celtics showed some interest. Team president of basketball operations Danny Ainge took a trip overseas to catch a game in person. Still, Datome said Boston did not extend a contract offer. "When free agency started, they never made a real offer," he said, adding, "Nothing real. The only offers I received were from the Pistons and a couple, two, teams. Boston wasn't one of those. They had interest. They came to watch me. But nothing that real." Booth Newspapers

Now that the Celtics do have Datome under contract, what will he bring? "A lot of will to play," he said. "I'm a player, I love the NBA, I'm loving the experience. But I'm a basketball player so I would like to start playing and contributing to team results. Shooting skills," the 27-year-old added. "It's my second year in the league, but it's my 12th as a pro. So I can read basketball situations. I hope I can help the team in any way, but I'm ready to do, like, anything, because I really want to play. So, whatever it costs." Booth Newspapers

February 20, 2015 Updates

Gigi Datome: It's time to pack! Obviously enthusiastic to start a new experience with the Celtics, but first I want to thank all Detroit for last season and a half spent together: Who brought me here from Italy, who helped me getting better as a player, we stuck with me in the tough moments and who made me smile outside the court. I won't write down any names, who has to know knows whom I'm talking about. I turn page, with the same goal of almost 2 years ago: have the chance to prove that I'm an NBA player. All my efforts and my soul to Boston now, hungry and focus to help the team to reach our goals. Facebook.com

February 19, 2015 Updates

The Detroit Pistons announced today that the team has acquired forward Tayshaun Prince from the Boston Celtics in exchange for forwards Jonas Jerebko and Gigi Datome. "Tayshaun Prince is certainly well known to fans in Detroit and we’re pleased to welcome him back,” said Stan Van Gundy, Head Coach and President of Basketball Operations for the Detroit Pistons. “He fills a position of need for us at small forward with his offensive and defensive versatility. We thank both Jonas and Gigi for their hard work and wish them well going forward.” NBA.com

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Nevertheless, Van Gundy said Datome was not thrilled with the assignment. "You know what? Not really," he said, when asked if Datome was excited for a chance to play. "There's sort of a ... he's leaving the NBA, he's a little older, he's not a 21-year-old guy. So no, not really. But hopefully, when he gets down there to Calfornia, and gets practicing, and gets ready to play, and is getting ready for a game that he knows he's going to get a chance to play in, hopefully he will get enthused about it." Booth Newspapers

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Gigi Datome: I Am Charlie. "I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it." - Voltaire. Facebook.com

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The Pistons have veterans who can offer spot help to a contender (Augustin, Caron Butler, even Jennings in the right situation). They have bigs they either might want to move, or who have no contractual obligations after this season, or both (Monroe, Smith, Joel Anthony, Jonas Jerebko). They have expiring contracts (Anthony, Jerebko, Monroe, Singler, Gigi Datome). Booth Newspapers

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