At 26, Simone Fontecchio will open a new chapter in his career next season. Signed for two years by the Jazzto the tune of $6.25 million (fully guaranteed), he will effectively be playing for the very first time in the United States.
And the Italian is having a hard time realizing what is happening to him, as he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
” It was fascinating and hard to put into words, something far from reality “, he admits in particular, concerning this recent signing in Utah.
A professional for ten years now, Simone Fontecchio has already tried her luck across the Atlantic. It was in 2017, but unfortunately he was not drafted. He then returned to Europe where, since 2012, he has successively worn the colors of Bologna, Milan, Cremona, Reggiana, Berlin and then Baskonia.
One of the bosses of the Italian selection
From now on, the winger therefore enters a whole new dimension on the side of Salt Lake City. What’s more, within a franchise engaged in a new process of reconstruction…
“ Everything is being done at Jazz, since the transfer of Rudy Gobert “, he concedes precisely on this subject. ” Nobody guarantees me minutes, but there is a real opportunity. This is the ideal situation for me, this is what I was looking for. I am delighted. »
A key element of the Italian selection, of which he finished top scorer at the last Olympic Games (19.3 points on average) and with which he will probably play Euro 2022, Simone Fontecchio is aware that he has a real shot to play today. play with the Jazz. And, more generally, in the Great League…
” I think I can stay in the NBA, but I’m going to have to be a solid defender and a threatening shooter “, he believes as well, concerning his ability to settle permanently in the United States.
Last season with Baskonia, Simone Fontecchio averaged 12.4 points in the Spanish league (47% on shots, 41% at 3-pts) and 11.0 points on average in the Euroleague (43% on shots, 40% at 3-pts) .