After five seasons and historic success together, Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul and Gigi Datome will go separate ways. The club announced on Tuesday that the 32-year-old forward had opted out of his contract for next season. Datome joined Fenerbahce in 2015 and helped the team to a golden age, playing in four consecutive Final Fours, reaching three straight EuroLeague Championship Games from 2016 to 2018, and lifting the trophy, the first-ever for a Turkish team, in 2017. Datome was named to the All-EuroLeague Second Team in 2015-16, a season that had a bitter end for Fenerbahce, ending in an overtime loss to CSKA Moscow for the EuroLeague trophy. Datome also helped Fenerbahce win three consecutive Turkish League titles from 2016 to 2018 and lift the Turkish Cup trophy three times, in 2016, 2019 and 2020. In 159 EuroLeague games with Fenerbahce, Datome accumulated 1,538 points (9.7 ppg.) with excellent percentages, hitting 44.3% of his shots from downtown (235-of-531) and 90.8% of his free throw attempts (217-of-239), making him one of a handful of players to top 90.0% for the decade.
"Gigi Datome, who has played a key role in all the historical success we have achieved since he joined Fenerbahce in 2015-16 season, has decided to opt-out his current agreement with our team to continue his career with another club," Fenerbahce said in a statement. "In addition to contributing to the team every single second he was on the court, he has made us proud with his exemplary attitude and sportsmanship off the court, and gained everyone’s admiration with his love and commitment to our country."