Kyle Singler reportedly staying in Spain

Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted earlier this week that no one helped himself more during the lockout than Pistons draftee Kyle Singler, who had some success playing professionally in Spain.

Well, it looks like the Pistons won’t benefit from that success. Wojnarowski reports Singler is staying in Spain:

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 on the Real Madrid roster.

After an outstanding showing with Alicante in the same league – where he averaged a team-leading 15 points on 47 percent shooting – Singler decided to take the Real Madrid offer on Tuesday. A combination of his comfort level in Spain and a salary higher than that of most second-round draft picks convinced him to finish the season there, sources said.

Even as a second round pick, Singler stood a good chance at earning minutes as a rookie if Tayshaun Prince and Tracy McGrady both, as expected, sign with contending teams as free agents. This makes the Pistons even more thin at the small forward spot.

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