Joe Dumars has made an international splash by signing Italian League MVP Luigi Datome. Datome has verbally agreed to a 2-year $3.75 million contract. All deals cannot be officially signed until July 10.
Datome averaged 16.6 points and 5.8 rebounds last season. He shot 47 percent from the floor and 41 percent from deep. He brings something that the Pistons really don’t have right now and that’s shooting, a guy that can spread the floor.
Newly signed Josh Smith can’t shoot, newly re-signed Will Bynum can’t shoot, and the rest of the guys on the roster don’t scare opposing teams neither. The best 3-point shooting percentage of the returning players is Brandon Knight, who shot 36.7 percent from deep.
I like the signing of Datome and if he can get acquainted to the NBA quickly and prove himself, then he could be an integral part of the rotation. He gives the team a guy that can space the floor. That will unclog the lane for Smith, Monroe, and Andre Drummond.