According to an Associated Press release, former Duke national champion Kyle Singler will be returning stateside to play for the Detroit Pistons. Singler was selected by the Pistons with the 33rd pick in the second round of the 2011 draft, but turned down a chance to play in the NBA after the lockout and instead took his talents to Spain. Pistons President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars told the AP, “We expect to sign Kyle Singler July 11, [the first day teams can sign free agents]. We look forward to having him with the Pistons this season.”
Singler will join a very crowded small forward rotation in Detroit. Tayshaun Prince, who started all 63 games he played in last season, will return for his twelfth season in Detroit this year. Behind Prince will be fourth year forward Austin Daye, former Blue Devil Corey Maggette, who was just acquired from the Charlotte Bobcats, third year man Jonas Jerebko, and 2012 second round pick Khris Middleton from Texas A&M.
In 36 games with Real Madrid in Spain last season, Singler averaged 8.0 points and 2.4 rebounds in just under 20 minutes per game. Singler shot an impressive 43.1% from beyond the three point arc.