Former Duke forward Kyle Singler says he felt no rush to start his NBA career and decided to sign with Real Madrid because of the quality of basketball in Spain.
While other NBA players are returning to the United States with the lockout finally over, Singler has opted to stay in Europe to continue his development.
Singler was taken by the Detroit Pistons with the No. 33 pick in the draft. He had been playing with Spanish team Lucentum Alicante during the lockout.
Moving to Madrid will give Singler the chance to play in the Euroleague, where he made his debut on Wednesday, scoring eight points in 24 minutes in Madrid's 101-83 win over Partizan.
The 23-year-old Singler says the Pistons were "a little disappointed" that he decided to stay in Spain.