Pistons cut ties with Summers

DETROIT — 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 make a qualifying offer to third-year small forward DaJuan Summers — basically turning him loose.

Summers, 23, was a second-round pick in the 2009 draft and showed some promise at small forward during a rookie season in which the Pistons were beset by injuries.

But he was behind Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye in the pecking order, and after the Pistons signed Tracy McGrady for last season, Summers was relegated to the bench.

Prince and McGrady will be unrestricted free agents this off-season, but the Pistons used their second pick of the draft (No. 33 overall) on Duke’s Singler. A roster typically only has two small forwards.

The Pistons still have to decide whether they will pick up the option on second-year combo guard Terrico White.

 

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