However, he appeared in only 18 games for the C's, making one start, and averaged 5.2 points. He was hailed by head coach Brad Stevens as the team's best shooter, and proved it by making 47.2 percent of his three-point attempts. In his two seasons stateside, he played 55 games.
Early reports this offseason indicated that Datome, now a free agent, had received several offers from top European teams, but that he had not given up on his NBA dream if he could become part of a rotation. In a lengthy Facebook post on Tuesday morning, he revealed he did receive offers from NBA teams, but no guarantee that he would play regularly. He thanked his fans but did not mention the Celtics:
According to Euroleague.net, his deal with Fenerbahçe is for two years, with a team option for a third. Last year Fenerbahçe, a six-time Turkish champion, reached the Euroleague Final Four for the first time, losing to eventual champion Real Madrid in the semifinal, 96-87. Datome's new teammates include former NBAers Pero Antić, who signed on June 30, and Jan Veselý, as well as Phoenix Suns draftee Bogdan Bogdanović.
Gigi's new club welcomed him to the fold on Tuesday:
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