Scalabrine signs with Italian team

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Scalabrine signs with Italian team

Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011
Posted: 12:12 p.m.

By AggreySam
CSNChicago.com Bulls Insider Follow@CSNBullsInsider
Bulls reserve forward and fan favorite Brian Scalabrine reportedly signed a contract with Italian league team Benetton Treviso, according to Sportando.net. As was reported last month, Scalabrine participated in the club's training camp on a tryout basis. His teammates will include former NBA forward Jeff Adrien and Celtics draft pick E'Twuan Moore, a Purdue product and native of East Chicago, Ind. Scalabrine, 33, averaged 1.1 points in 18 games last season, his 10th in the NBA.

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