Italy’s Simone Fontecchio, shown here at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, is reportedly headed to Utah as an international free agent.
While many decisions have been made and others loom in Utah, the Jazz have reportedly opted to make their first free-agent splash of the offseason.
Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, they’ll be bringing on Italian forward Simone Fontecchio with a two-year, $6.25 million deal. He last played with Cazoo Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain), averaging 11.0 ppg and 4.4 rpg in EuroLeague play while shooting 43.1%, including 40.2% from range. He also put up 19.3 ppg in four games at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
ESPN’s Jonathan Givony had ranked Fontecchio as his No. 1 international free agent SF, describing him as:
6’7 and chiseled. Shot 41% for 3 the past two seasons. Solid passer. Competitive defender. Only 26 years old. Good rotational wing who can play 2/3/4.
The Jazz, who have already traded 3-time Kia Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert for a slew of players and picks, are reportedly engaged with the Knicks regarding the future of star guard Donovan Mitchell.