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Kyle Singler, shown during a visit home last month, was the 33rd pick in the June NBA draft by the Detroit Pistons. - Jamie Lusch

Singler agrees to deal with Spanish team

Detroit Pistons draftee Kyle Singler, who last month expressed disinterest in playing overseas, has agreed to a contract with Alicante of Spain's top professional basketball league, according to a Yahoo! Sports report.

Greg Lawrence, the agent for the former South Medford standout, told Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski of the deal, which includes an out clause, allowing Singler to join the Pistons if the league-imposed lockout ends.

An attempt to reach Singler Monday night was unsuccessful.

However, in a text message Monday night, Singler's father, Ed, wrote that the contract was to be signed Monday and returned to the team.

"So, I don't know if it's final-final," he wrote, "but it's heading that direction."

Ed Singler went on to write:

"This was a great opportunity to sign a good contract which allows him to get paid, play for a very good team in the top European league and have the ability to come back and play in the NBA when the lockout is over. It is a win-win for Alicante and Kyle. We are really happy for him!"

In early July, Kyle Singler told the Detroit Free Press that he and fellow Pistons draftee Brandon Knight weren't interested in playing overseas, even though they've been unable to engage in contract talks with the NBA team.

"Not really as of right now," Singler said then about whether he had considered a foreign league.

The Pistons chose Singler in the second round of the June draft with the 33rd overall pick. The 6-foot-8 small forward from Duke averaged 16.2 points and 6.9 rebounds as a senior and set the school record for most starts with 147.

The NBA is in its first work stoppage since 1998, when it carried into the regular season and resulted in a shortened, 50-game season.

During a visit home in late July, Singler talked about the lockout.

"There's a little concern because hopefully it doesn't last the whole year," he said. "Kinda from what I've heard, I don't think it will last more than a couple months. All I can do is work out and just get ready for the coming season. You have to approach it like there really isn't a lockout."

In addition to not working on a contract with the Pistons, Singler can't utilize their facilities or talk with coaches or staff members until a collective bargaining agreement is reached.

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