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Former Suns F Chimezie Metu inks 10-day contract with Pistons

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After being dealt by the Phoenix Suns before the NBA Trade Deadline, former forward/center Chimezie Metu has found a new opportunity in the NBA.

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According to a press release published by the Detroit Pistons’ Public Relations team, Detroit has signed Metu to a 10-day contract.

Metu was a second-round (49th overall) pick in the 2018 NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs.

Spending two seasons with San Antonio (2018-20), he would be waived on Nov. 20, 2020 before signing with the Sacramento Kings a little bit over a week later.

From landing in Sacramento until last offseason, Metu was a King for three seasons (2020-23) before becoming a free agent.

Last summer, he elected to sign with the reshaped Suns on the Fourth of July.

Arriving in the Valley, the 6-foot-9 big man played 37 games (five starts) for Phoenix while averaging 5.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game.

But to end his stint with Phoenix abruptly, he was included in a three-team trade including the Memphis Grizzlies and Brooklyn Nets on Feb. 8. He would end up going to Memphis in the deal before ultimately being waived the next day.

Now being given a new chance to prove himself on the Pistons, he will try to earn a new contract while being under the guidance of former Suns head coach Monty Williams. Detroit is currently ranked No. 31 of 32 teams in the NBA with a 12-56 record.

Metu has played five NBA seasons and appeared in 246 games (31 starts) between the Suns, Spurs and Kings. He has averaged 5.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 0.4 blocks per game in his NBA career.

As for Phoenix, they will face the Philadelphia 76ers tonight inside Footprint Center at 7 p.m. MST.

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Reporter Alec Cipollini covers Phoenix Sports News for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on his X account, @AlecCipollini

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