Former Piston Vernon Macklin signs with Turkish team


From Hoopshype:

Free agent center Vernon Macklin is signing with Gaziantep of Turkey, agent Greg Nunn told HoopsHype. Macklin, a Florida product, averaged 2.0 ppg and 1.5 rpg in his rookie year with the Pistons.

“Vernon decided to turn down three NBA camp invites,” Nunn said. “He feels he needs to play to showcase his talents and return to the NBA next year.”

I certainly wish the Pistons got more of a look at Macklin last season, but the best option for him pay-wise was certainly going to be overseas this season. If he took a training camp invite hoping to make a team and didn’t ultimately end up making that roster, his overseas options may have been more limited by that point. Hope it works out well for him.

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