Kyle Singler will remain in Spain to play for Real Madrid rather than return to the United States and play for the Detroit Pistons, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports is reporting. Singler was the 33rd pick in the 2011 NBA Draft out of Duke University.
Singler began his overseas career playing for Alicante, where he averaged 15 points per game. He signed with Real Madrid Tuesday to replace Rudy Fernandez, who will be returning to play with the Dallas Mavericks.
“Real Madrid presented a really attractive package that Kyle couldn’t pass up,” Singler’s agent Greg Lawrence told Yahoo! Sports. “While playing in Alicante, Kyle fell in love with Spain, but he’s also looking forward to career in the NBA with the Detroit Pistons.”
Detroit will still own rights to Singler for the 2012-13 season, when he is expected to return to the NBA. The Pistons will have a chance to make a counter offer December 9 if they are interested in luring Singler back stateside.