The NBA offseason is in full swing and there are a few former Duke players who have been in the news.
The Detroit Pistons signed their 2011 pick, forward Kyle Singler, to a multi-year deal. Singler was a second round pick in 2011 and spent this past season playing in Spain. He signed a three-year deal.
Early on in the summer league season, the Pistons have been impressed with his all-around game. That has increased speculation that Singler could start next season (meaning Tayshawn Prince may be on the trade block).
The Indiana Pacers traded Dahntay Jones (and guard Darren Collison) to the Dallas Mavericks for big man Ian Mahinmi. It is a deal that makes sense for the Mavs, who lost two guards to free agency.
Donnie Nelson, the Mavs president of basketball operations, called Jones “a rugged veteran who will play the kind of tough defense that will fit perfectly in coach (Rick) Carlisle’s system.”
Joining Jones in Dallas will be Elton Brand, who agreed to a one-year deal after spending the last few seasons in Philadelphia. The Sixers put him on amnesty waivers and he was claimed by the Mavericks for a winning bid of $2.1 million. The Sixers still have to pay the remaining balance of the $18.2 million owed Brand in the final year of his contract. Brand said he is excited to play alongside Dirk Nowitzki.
Veteran Grant Hill signed with the LA Clippers, as he was swayed by head coach Vinny Del Negro, Chauncey Billups, and Chris Paul. Hill, who rebounded from ankle injuries to still be a productive player at age 40 with the Phoenix Suns, averaged 10.2 points on 44.6% shooting this past season.