The Pistons are seeking a trade partner who’ll take on Gigi Datome, reports Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress (Twitter link). The second-year small forward has appeared in only one game for Detroit this season, and the Pistons sent him to the D-League today along with Spencer Dinwiddie, the team announced (on Twitter). Datome is making $1.75MM this season in the final year of a two-year deal he signed with former Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars.
Detroit gave the Italian sharpshooter limited playing time as a rookie, but though he averaged only 7.0 minutes per contest, he appeared in 34 games even as he struggled with his normally reliable outside shot, going 7 for 39 from behind the arc. New coach/executive Stan Van Gundy hasn’t afforded him more than a 12-minute appearance in a loss to the Lakers in early December.
Datome went undrafted in 2009, but after developing overseas, the Grizzlies, Celtics, Bucks, Rockets, Suns and Spurs were among the teams to show interest in him before he signed with the Pistons, and former Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo apparently scouted him, too. The Pistons reportedly viewed the Heat as the most significant threat to sign him. Datome said the Pistons didn’t make him the most lucrative offer but that he inked with them because he felt they’d give him the best opportunity to play, which seems like a miscalculation at this point.