HoopsHype Kyle Singler rumors

January 28, 2012 Updates

According to an Associated Press story in the Chicago Tribune Friday, Singler said he felt pressured by the Pistons to return to North America but he felt staying put was his best option. “I knew they were a little upset, a little disappointed,” Singler told The AP. “The bottom line was that I was a little selfish. I wanted the best for myself. I wanted to be happy. “It was difficult but at the end of the day, if I never play in the NBA would I be disappointed? Sure, but I'm happy I made the decision I made.” Booth Newspapers

Prior to tonight's game with the Atlanta Hawks, Pistons coach Lawrence Frank said he knew nothing about the story but he denied the Pistons pressured Singler, whom the Pistons couldn't speak with during the lockout. “There was no contact,” Frank said. “There was a lockout so we weren't able to talk to him. We're very excited about drafting Kyle. We think he has a great future. But I don't think there was any pressure whatsoever because you're not allowed to contact a guy.” Booth Newspapers

December 15, 2011 Updates

Former Duke forward Kyle Singler is in no rush to start his NBA career, saying Thursday he decided to sign with Real Madrid because of the quality of basketball in Spain. While other NBA players flock back to the United States with the lockout finally over, Singler has opted to stay in Europe to continue his development. Singler was taken by the Detroit Pistons with the No. 33 pick in the draft. He had been playing with Spanish team Lucentum Alicante during the lockout. "I thought here in Spain there was good basketball to be played. There was no rush to go to the NBA and play there," Singler said. "I wanted to come here and play for Madrid, play for a great club and next year have the opportunity to go to the NBA." ESPN.com

Moving to the Spanish capital has given Singler the chance to play in the Euroleague, where he debuted Wednesday and scored eight points in 24 minutes in Madrid's 101-83 win over Partizan. Singler said the Pistons were eager for him to return. "I haven't talked to them very much but when I decided to stay I know they were a little disappointed," Singler said. "But I wasn't really focused on that. I was making a decision that was best for me." ESPN.com

December 6, 2011 Updates

Seizing an opportunity to add new talent, Real Madrid on Wednesday announced the signing of rookie forward Kyle Singler for the rest of the season. Singler (2.03 meters, 23 years old) arrives from Alicante of the Spanish League. He played nine Spanish League games with Alicante, averaging 15 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals. Singler played previously at Duke University. Euroleague.net

November 29, 2011 Updates

Kyle Singler, the 33rd overall pick in the June NBA draft, is nearing an agreement with Real Madrid and won’t play for the Detroit Pistons this season, sources told Yahoo! Sports. 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. Yahoo! Sports

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But the NBA shut down league operations on July 1 when the old collective bargaining agreement expired, and Singler's hope of making the team was put on hold. Rather than wait and wait and wait for the lockout to end, Singler, wanting to remain sharp and fit, launched his professional career in Spain's top flight with Lucentum Alicante. He's glad he made the decision to play in Europe. "Definitely," he said to FIBA.com. "I know a lot of guys back in the States want to play basketball. "It's unfortunate that the lockout is happening. "You have your pros and cons to everything. "I'm far away from my family and they're not able to see my play, but, this is what I want to do. "I'm having a good time, and it's good basketball." FIBA.com

September 22, 2011 Updates

Pistons forward Austin Daye, poised for a breakout year, isn't waiting for the NBA lockout to be resolved. The third-year forward signed a deal with a Russian team; Daye, 23, departs this weekend. Only one other Piston, second-round pick Kyle Singler, has signed an overseas deal, with Spanish club Lucentum Alicante. Daye's deal is for two months, ending in December, Daye can opt-out in case the NBA's collective bargaining situation is resolved quickly. Training camp would start the first week of October. Daye averaged 7.5 points and 3.8 rebounds in 20 minutes last season, shooting 40 percent from three-point range. Detroit News

August 23, 2011 Updates
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Adrian Wojnarowski: Duke's Kyle Singler, 33rd overall pick to Detroit, has reached agreement on deal with Alicante of Spanish ACB, agent Greg Lawrence tells Y! Singler's deal in Spain includes an out-clause to return to NBA if lockout ends, Lawrence said. Twitter

July 8, 2011 Updates

Pistons draft picks Brandon Knight and Kyle Singler told the Free Press on Thursday afternoon that despite the fact that the lockout prevents them from even discussing a contract with the club that selected them in last month's draft, they aren't thinking about going overseas. "That's not an option for me as of now," Knight said from Maine, where both he and Singler were helping out at a basketball camp. "I'm just focusing on getting better. I'm sure that's an option for other guys.""Not really as of right now," Singler said when asked if he had considered a foreign league. Detroit Free Press

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