Procida, who turned 20 last month, was the 36th overall pick in the 2022 NBA draft. He was selected by Portland on behalf of the Pistons, who acquired him from the Blazers as part of the Jerami Grant trade. That deal became official this week.
Procida spent the 2021/22 season with Fortitudo Bologna in Italy, averaging 7.0 PPG and 3.0 RPG on .522/.383/.784 shooting in 18.5 minutes per contest. He ranked outside the top 50 on ESPN’s big board leading up to the draft, but made a strong impression on teams at the combine and in pre-draft workouts.
Reports on the night of the draft indicated that the Pistons planned to make Procida a draft-and-stash prospect and have him continue developing overseas, so today’s news that he has signed with a new team in Europe doesn’t come as a surprise. The only question will be how long Procida remains overseas — it’s unclear if there are NBA outs in his new deal with Alba Berlin.