HoopsHype DaJuan Summers rumors

September 20, 2012 Updates

With less than two weeks until the Charlotte Bobcats open training camp at UNC Asheville, the team is firming up commitments for some extra players for camp. Look for Jeff Adrien (Connecticut), Paris Horne (St. John’s), Josh Owens (Stanford) and DaJuan Summers (Georgetown) to be added to the roster. The Bobcats plan to bring 17 or more players to new coach Mike Dunlap’s first training camp. Charlotte Observer

September 19, 2012 Updates

With less than two weeks until the Charlotte Bobcats open training camp at UNC Asheville, the team is firming up commitments for some extra players for camp. Look for Jeff Adrien (Connecticut), Paris Horne (St. John’s), Josh Owens (Stanford) and DaJuan Summers (Georgetown) to be added to the roster. The Bobcats plan to bring 17 or more players to new coach Mike Dunlap’s first training camp. Charlotte Observer

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Detroit Pistons forward DaJuan Summers is the latest NBA player coming home early from an overseas job. He left his Italian team after only four games. Any other American NBA player considering making a similar job to Europe or Asia during the ongoing lockout might want to talk to Summers first. “I would tell them to be prepared for any and everything because it’s a different world than what you are used to,” Summers told Yahoo! Sports in a phone interview from Italy. Yahoo! Sports

Summers was also given a Volkswagen by the team, but he quickly learned the difficulties of driving in Italy. On his second day in town, his car was rear-ended as he drove to practice. He was taken to the hospital, and his inability to speak Italian made it difficult for him to get help until someone realized he played for the local basketball team. By then, Summers’ girlfriend had already received a call from a team official alerting her that Summers hadn’t made it to practice. She was happy to eventually learn he had suffered only whiplash in the accident. “I got hit by a small SUV on my blind side of the passenger side,” Summers said. “When I got hit, I ended up on the other side of the car in the backseat. That’s how hard I got hit. I was just shocked. I never have been in an accident like that. “People here drive much different. It’s not as organized as back home, driving in-between lines. You got to be more alert.” Yahoo! Sports

Siena decided the day after the loss to part ways with Summers. Sportando, an Italian web site, reported he “did not perform as expected.” “The team doesn’t really lose,” Summers said. “They wanted to make sure we didn’t lose games because the team we lost to was a bad team. But I didn’t play that many minutes in the game. I wasn’t out there long. “I don’t know. I can’t put my finger on a precise thing. I guess they thought I wasn’t happy. That wasn’t the case. I can’t understand why they felt that strongly to make the move they made. I couldn’t get a grasp on what they expected from me and how to approach the game with the team.” Yahoo! Sports

October 30, 2011 Updates

DaJuan Summers is no longer a player of Montepaschi Siena. Former Detroit Pistons forward did not perform as expected and the Italian reigning champs decided to part ways with him. Summers was averaging 4ppg in 3 Serie A games and 4 points in the only game he has played in Euroleague. Montepaschi Siena has already an agreement with Omar Thomas who should replace him but is waiting for the decision of Federal Court which can ban him from competition for more than two years due to his false Slovenian passport used last year to play with Bosman status. Sportando

October 25, 2011 Updates

Ferdinando Minucci, president and GM of Montepaschi Siena, confirmed that DaJuan Summers, after the signing of Igor Rakocevic, risks to be waived. "We cannot hide that there are some problems with Summers. In the next days we will decide about his future. Despite he is an excellent player, he is having difficulties in adapting to European basketball. Usually we win our bets, with him not. Sportando

July 6, 2011 Updates

DaJuan Summers decided not to wait around for a solution to the NBA's labor woes. Summers, a former Pistons forward, agreed to a two-year deal over the weekend to play for Montepaschi Siena, a team in Italy's top professional league. "Siena is one of the top teams in all of Europe," Summers' agent, Todd Ramasar, said Tuesday. "It gives him an opportunity to play at a high level and gives him an opportunity to stay active during the lockout." Detroit Free Press

It's not a stretch for me to say Summers and Greg Monroe were probably the most mature players in that locker room this season. Summers would probably be a mature player in a veteran locker room that didn't have any dysfunction, too. Other scouts and executives would often ask the media why he wasn't playing. With his collegiate credentials, physical makeup and youth, more than a few people thought he should've been playing more. Detroit News

One coach compared him to Lakers swingman Shannon Brown (Michigan State), saying his next stop is where he'll get his opportunity and find his niche in the league. Detroit News

DaJuan and I would often talk before games, whether he was active or inactive. It didn't take long for me to figure out why he stayed away from the fray. He considers himself a role model. He has a young son and he would often say, "how would I explain this to him if I got involved with this craziness?" Detroit News

July 3, 2011 Updates

Big signing for Montepaschi Siena who announced for the next two seasons DaJuan Summers. The American player spent the last two years in NBA with Detroit Pistons averaging 3.7ppg in 2010-11. Sportando

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