Luigi Datome has decided not to return to the NBA this season

Celtics fan favorite, Luigi 'GiGi' Datome, has decided to stay overseas for another year with Turkish team Feherbahce Ulker, to make a run at a Euroleague title. Via Luke Adams of Hoop Rumors:

“It would be amazing to win Euroleague,” Datome told Italy’s Tuttosport, per Emiliano Carchia of Sportando. “But it is going to be difficult. CSKA Moscow is a powerhouse, there are Olympiacos, Real Madrid and five other teams. But for this goal some players of our team have decided to stay instead of signing in the NBA, like [Jan] Vesely or [Bogdan] Bogdanovic.

“I had two interesting offers from the NBA during the summer but for one more year I will remain with Fenerbahce,” Datome added. “This is the most interesting basketball. Then we’ll see.”

So unfortunately, we will not be able to see GiGi on an NBA court this upcoming season. But for Celtics fans, there's a silver lining here. There was really no spot for Datome on this years roster, but next years could look a whole lot different.

In the meantime, we'll always have the memories:

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