NBA Free Agency: Former Pistons Center Vernon Macklin To Sign With Turkish Team, Per Report

Former Detroit Pistons forward/center Vernon Macklin has signed with the Gaziantep club in Turkey, according to Hoopshype. Macklin's agent Greg Nunn spoke to Hoopshype about the decision:

"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."

Macklin averaged 2.0 points and 1.5 rebounds per game in 23 games as a rookie after Detroit picked him in the second round in 2011. He also had an impressive showing in the D-League. The Pistons reportedly liked Macklin. He played with the team in the Orlando Summer League despite not being under contract, but their roster situation made it difficult to keep him. The team currently has a full roster, including five rookies — Andre Drummond, Khris Middleton, Kim English, Kyle Singler and Slava Kravtsov. Plus, if Ben Wallace decides to play one more season, the Pistons will need to find a roster spot for him, as well.

For more coverage of free agency, stay with this StoryStream. For more Pistons coverage, head over to Detroit Bad Boys. And for more NBA news and analysis this offseason, make sure to visit SB Nation's NBA hub.

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