HoopsHype DaJuan Summers rumors
The writing was on the wall when the Detroit Pistons drafted Kyle Singler in the second round of last week’s NBA draft, but they have declined to make a qualifying offer to third-year small forward DaJuan Summers -- basically turning him loose. Summers, 23, was a second-round pick in the 2009 draft and showed some promise at small forward during a rookie season in which the Pistons were beset by injuries. Detroit Free Press
Don't forget about DaJuan Summers, who's been mentioned as the likely candidate to join Hamilton in New Jersey — if the trade for Troy Murphy and Johan Petro comes to fruition. "I'm just trying to be ready and prepared," Summers said Monday of his shaky status, before the Pistons' 103-89 win over Dallas. "I'm trying to get my mind wrapped around it actually happening, even if it doesn't." Detroit News
Unlike Hamilton, Summers doesn't have an extensive NBA resume or reputation. Summers also doesn't as much financial security, like the $25.2 million guaranteed Hamilton is expected to get over the next few years. Summers, 22, makes $762,195 this season and will be a restricted free agent this summer. He'll try to figure out the future while 2011-12 season remains threatened with a potential work stoppage. "It's basketball, so whatever the system may be or the other players, just compete," Summers said of his approach. "Those things usually take care of itself." Detroit News
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