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July 10, 2013

Pistons add Datome, re-sign Bynum

AUBURN HILLS — A person familiar with the deal says the Detroit Pistons have agreed to a $3.5 million, two-year contract with Luigi Datome.

NBA rules prevent confirmation of moves until today, when Datome is expected to sign his contract.

The Pistons wanted to add a player with an outside shooting touch after agreeing to a deal with former Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith. They found what they were looking for in the 25-year-old Datome, who was the Italian League MVP last season.

The 6-foot-9, 220-pound forward posted on his Facebook page Tuesday that he was leaving the Italian League to join the Pistons.

Datome, 25, averaged 16.6 points and 5.8 rebounds for Virtus Roma last season, shooting 47 percent from the field (41 percent on 3-point attempts) and 92 percent from the free throw line.

BYNUM RE-SIGNED FOR TWO YEARS: Free agent guard Will Bynum has agreed to a two-year, $5.75 million deal to return to the Pistons, according to his agent.

The deal won’t be made official until after the NBA’s annual moratorium on signings and trades is lifted today.

Bynum, 30, has spent the past five seasons with Detroit, serving primarily as a backup point guard. The 6-foot Bynum had one of his best seasons in 2012-13, averaging 9.8 points and 3.6 assists in 60 games.

PISTONS ADD RASHEED AS COACH: Ex-Piston Rasheed Wallace agreed to a two-year deal to join the Detroit Pistons’ coaching staff.

He was on the bench Monday during the team’s summer league game against the Boston Celtics.

Wallace retired at the end of last season with the New York Knicks after a 17-year playing career that included stints with Washington, Portland, Atlanta, Detroit and Boston.

The Pistons and Wallace, 38, had been in discussions the past month about a player development role with the franchise he helped lead to an NBA championship in 2004.

A staff position materialized after Detroit hired Maurice Cheeks last month to replace Lawrence Frank as head coach. Cheeks confirmed the Pistons are working out the final details with Wallace on a role that will allow him to help develop Detroit’s talented young post players in Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe.

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