Matt Janning To Play In Italy

Former Suns guard Matt Janning is returning to Montepaschi Siena after being released by Croatian-based team Cibona Zagreb, according to Dailybasket (hat tip to Emiliano Carchia of Sportando). The 6’5 combo guard played in Siena during the Italian League’s 2012-13 season before signing with Cibona Zagreb this past August. Janning himself also confirmed the news via his Twitter account.

Since appearing in NBA summer league games with the Celtics and Suns in 2010, Janning hasn’t had luck in securing much of a long-term opportunity in the NBA. While Phoenix initially signed him to a multi-year partially-guaranteed deal in August of 2010, they would eventually release him nearly three months later.

Aside from a few stints in the D-League with the Maine Red Claws and Rio Grande Valley Vipers between 2010 and 2011, as well a handful of cameos with the Pacers and Grizzlies’ summer rosters in 2012, Janning has mostly been playing overseas. His return to Siena marks his third appearance in Lega Basket Serie A in the last two years. In 23 games for Cibona this year, the former Northeastern standout averaged 10.4 PPG in 26.2 MPG.

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