Former Piston DaJuan Summers Returns Home After Just Four Games In Italy
After not receiving a qualifying offer from the Detroit Pistons, DaJuan Summers decided to sign with a team in Italy. That lasted just four games, however, as the forward has decided to return to the states.
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DaJuan Summers had high hopes for his time abroad during the NBA lockout as he was one of the first NBA players to take a job across the pond this summer. It didn't take long for the Detroit Pistons forward to return stateside, however, as Montepaschi Siena announced last week that the two sides voided his contract by mutual decision.
Summers scored a total of 16 points in four games in 58 minutes on a team that featured fellow Americans Bo McCalebb, Shaun Stonerook and David Moss as well as former NBA player David Andersen, but he apparently didn't feel like he was getting the amount of playing time he felt was warranted.
"Back home you got to score, make plays and be able to spread the defense," Summers said. "But here it's more [emphasis on] defense. It's more like a college feel. The paint is jam packed. Guys play harder, but it's not more physical. That's a misconception."
NBA players are accustomed to five-star hotels and charter flights. Siena traveled like many European teams: eight-hour bus rides, commercial jets and two players to a room.
"We were fighting over exit-row seats so we wouldn't be bunched up," Summers said. "That's a major difference from flying private on the team plane. It's like going back to AAU days.
"The beds were small and twin sized in the hotel. If you wanted to turn over you actually had to get up, turn yourself over and lay back down. You were like an arm's length from the other person's bed. You felt like you were in the same bed because the rooms were real small."
With his time playing in Europe over, he will workout in Baltimore, Maryland, until the NBA lockout is complete. As soon as it does end, he will be a free agent.
There is nowhere for him to sign in the NBA with the lockout currently going on, so Summers decided to pack up his things and head to Italy, signing a two-year deal with Montepaschi Siena, a team in Italy's Lega Basket Serie A.
Summers may not have been extended a qualifying offer, but the Pistons did tender offers to guard Rodney Stuckey and forward Jonas Jerebko. Both players are restricted free agents as a result, allowing the Pistons to match any offers that come their way. Jerebko is expected to re-sign whenever the lockout ends and that is possible, but Stuckey is a candidate to be traded.
Guard Terrico White could also become a free agent for the Pistons, but as of last week the team had not decided if his option will be picked up.
By tendering him an offer, the Pistons can now retain Stuckey if another team signs him to an offer sheet. Since Stuckey is a restricted free agent, the Pistons would have a week to match any offer from another team that Stuckey signs. Basically, if the Pistons really want to keep Stuckey, he will be back with them next season since they have the right of first refusal.
Jonas Jerebko is also a restricted free agent, and it's expected the Pistons will tender him a contract offer as well. Detroit has until June 30 to give him a qualifying offer.