“We expect to sign Kyle Singler on July 11″ Joe Dumars said Friday.
Singler earned Most Outstanding Player honors at Duke, and was drafted by the Pistons last year, but signed with the Spanish club Lucentum Alicante during the NBA lockout. He decided to stay in Spain even after the labor dispute was settled, signing a one-year deal with Real Madrid, where he averaged more than 14 points per game.
What does this mean for Austin Daye, who’s heading into the fourth year with Detroit? As a point of reference to know things are going for Daye, he’s heading into the fourth year of playing professional basketball and is still needs to show what he can do for Detroit by playing in the NBA’s Orlando Summer League which starts July 9th for Detroit.
“Kyle Singler, the 33rd overall pick in the June NBA draft, has reached agreement with Real Madrid and won’t play for the Detroit Pistons this season.
Singler, a forward out of Duke, will sign a contract for the remainder of the season in the Spanish ACB League, replacing the Dallas Mavericks’ Rudy Fernandez(notes) on the Real Madrid roster.
Kyle Singler’s new Pistons’ jersey will hang in the locker room until the 2012-13 season.
After an outstanding showing with Alicante in the same league – where he averaged a team-leading 15 points on 47 percent shooting – Singler decided to take the Real Madrid offer on Tuesday. A combination of his comfort level in Spain and a salary higher than that of most second-round draft picks” Via Yahoo Sports
I’m a little disappointed Singler isn’t headed back for the season. He really got some experience overseas since the lockout and he would have probably been in the Pistons rotation this season considering the Pistons will likely be without Tayshaun Prince.
He’ll gain even more experience playing for one of the best teams in Europe and will be that much better when he heads back to the states and finally makes it to Detroit.
I guess I tooned him a bit too prematurely.
Pistons lose their draft pick Kyle Singler for (hopefully) the time being:
“Detroit Pistons’ draft pick Kyle Singler has reached agreement on a contract with Alicante of Spain’s top professional league, Singler’s agent told Yahoo! Sports.
Singler’s deal with Alicante contains an out clause that will allow him to return to the NBA if the league-imposed lockout ends, said Singler’s agent, Greg Lawrence.
The Pistons chose Singler in the second round of the June draft with the 33rd overall pick. A 6-foot-8 small forward, Singler had a successful four-year career at Duke, where he averaged 16.2 points and 6.9 rebounds, and set the school record for most starts with 147. He was the 2010 Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player after helping lead the Blue Devils to the national championship.” Via Yahoo Sports
This Lockout it killing me, but it may be good for Singler to get some time on the floor. Good thing I didn’t toon him yet.