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Pistons won’t extend qualifying offer to DaJuan Summers

Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press:

The writing was on the wall when the Detroit Pistons drafted Kyle Singler in the second round of last week’s NBA draft, but they have declined to offer a qualifying offer to third-year small forward DaJuan Summers – basically turning him loose on the open market whenever the NBA’s labor cloud lifts.

This doesn’t mean the Pistons can’t re-sign him, but it signals that they won’t. It just means Summers won’t be a restricted free agent, so the Pistons won’t have the right to match any offer sheets he signs.

The advantage for the Pistons not extending the qualifying offer is Summers won’t have the option of accepting a one-year, $1,059,293 contract with Detroit. Obviously, with Kyle Singler, Austin Daye and Jonas Jerebko (and I think a decent chance of Tayshaun Prince) in the fold for next season, there just wasn’t a place for Summers on this team.

8 Comments

  • Jun 29, 201112:27 pm
    by Laser

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    O well. I suppose we can at least feel good that he’ll be better off with a real NBA franchise.

  • Jun 29, 20111:24 pm
    by Quick Darshan

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    Slightly off-topic (but probably not because the DeJuan Blair fans will be reminded here that the Pistons took “The Wrong DaJuan”), but why didn’t Blair play against the Grizzlies?  Was he hurt or was he DNP-Coach’s Decision?

  • Jun 29, 20111:32 pm
    by Marvin Jones

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    He was ineffective in the previous series and was basically benched

  • Jun 29, 20112:15 pm
    by Tiko

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    this is a shame.  I’d much rather have Summers for defensive purposes than lanky Daye

  • Jun 29, 20114:09 pm
    by jack moihoff

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    He was literally one of the worst players in the NBA last season. Good thing we passed on DeJuan Blair, Chase Budinger, Jodie Meeks, Sam Young and Marcus Thornton to draft this brainless dunce.

    • Jun 29, 20114:21 pm
      by tarsier

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      Can’t complain too much about Budinger, Meks, Young, and Thornton. Summers was widely regarded as a better prospect than any of them. But Blair, what the heck? I remember that he was part of the series of players Langlois wrote up on as prospects for the 15th pick. I wonder how many GMs pissed off their fans by not drafting him. Had to be just about everyone starting at the 20th pick or so.

  • Jun 29, 20115:13 pm
    by jake

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    a “decent chance” of retaining prince??
    god, please no. we already have at least two players who could replace him at the 3. i sincerely hope dumars continues to rebuild the right way and not maintain the theory that we can “retool, but still be competitive”.

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