HoopsHype Charlie Villanueva rumors

April 12, 2014 Updates

Villanueva certainly faces a future where past potential can be forgotten about quickly, and a player can be out of the league in an instant. He knows he’ll have to start from square one in order to resume his career. “For sure it’s gonna be tough,” Villanueva said. “People haven’t seen me play in awhile, of course it’ll gonna be tough. If I have to work out (for teams) to show I still have a lot of basketball left, I’ll do it. Whatever it takes. For sure, though, a lot of teams haven’t seen me play.” Detroit News

February 24, 2014 Updates
February 22, 2014 Updates

Not exactly, if Charlie Villanueva gets a buyout of the remaining amount of his contract, enabling him to latch onto another team where he might get more minutes. His expiring contract didn't fetch the suitors the Pistons believed it would — a league-wide trend, actually — but a buyout is another option. “Anything’s possible. Right now, it is what it is,” Villanueva said. “I wish I could help this team in any way possible, but they’re going in a different direction. It’s part of the business, but if it presented itself, that’s something we’d look at, for sure.” Detroit News

Villanueva has been around for plenty of foolishness since his arrival. He was one of the few players who didn’t participate in a team boycott of a 2011 shoot-around in Philadelphia a day after the trade deadline. “I’ve thought about that (stuff). But there’s always a right and wrong way to do things, and I’ll always do the right thing,” Villanueva said. “I’m a professional. It’s a privilege to play in this league. My situation ain’t so bright right now.” Detroit News

February 21, 2014 Updates
February 16, 2014 Updates

The trade deadline is 3 p.m. Thursday, less than 24 hours after the Charlotte back-to-back. The Pistons have several potential trade pieces with Rodney Stuckey and Charlie Villanueva approaching unrestricted free agency, and Greg Monroe restricted free agency this summer. They have rebuffed Monroe talks and need Stuckey for the stretch. Villanueva could have value if the Pistons are willing to take on a longer-term contract. It's more likely that the Pistons don't make a major deal and Loyer said he made it clear that the postseason objective remains unchanged during his first meeting with the team after replacing Cheeks last weekend. Booth Newspapers

February 2, 2014 Updates

Despite persistent national media rumors that Greg Monroe is a potential trade piece because of his restricted free agency this summer, the Pistons have shown no interest in trading him. They also have Charlie Villanueva and Rodney Stuckey on expiring contracts, but their position all season has been that those players have value whether they're traded or simply relinquished to free up money this summer. They make more than $17 million combined. Gores said the trade deadline is not a central focus. Booth Newspapers

January 23, 2014 Updates
January 9, 2014 Updates

Villanueva said he’s a little surprised at how the season has unfolded but said he feels like the team has moved in another direction. “During the off-season I worked my butt off to have a positive year and put the past behind me, but it’s obvious they’re going in another direction, so I understand that,” Villanueva said before the Knicks game. “I understand the business aspect of it as well.” Detroit Free Press

December 10, 2013 Updates
November 28, 2013 Updates
November 14, 2013 Updates
November 4, 2013 Updates

With the Oct. 31 deadline passing, Monroe will be a restricted free agent next off-season, so he is playing for his next contract. Not as much has been written about Rodney Stuckey and Charlie Villanueva, but they will be unrestricted free agents as well. Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks played coy when asked whether he talked to the players about focusing on the season and put money matters in the background. “Who’s on a contract year?” he asked. When his question was answered, he said: “See, I don’t even know. I’m just worried about getting the best out of them. Whether they’re on a contract year or four or five years, I don’t know. I just try and get the best out of them the best I can. I don’t focus in on that. I’m quite sure they do, but I don’t focus on that.” Detroit Free Press

October 29, 2013 Updates

The name most people talk about is big man Greg Monroe, but the more likely trade chips are the ending contracts of Rodney Stuckey ($8.5 million) and Charlie Villanueva ($8.5 million). Of the two, Stuckey clearly has more trade appeal and at the deadline Detroit will have paid the bulk of Stuckey’s deal. HoopsWorld

October 2, 2013 Updates

Charlie Villanueva had to tell the truth, he said. The Detroit Pistons power forward was talking about a trial in which former NBA player Tate George was convicted Monday of bilking $2 million in a Ponzi scheme, with Villanueva, who testified last month, one of his victims. "I don't care how much money you make, 250K is 250K," Villanueva said of his losses in the scam perpetrated by a fellow former University of Connecticut player. He said he felt more sympathy for other victims than for himself, like a woman who inherited $46,000 and lost it all investing with George. "She needed that 46K," Villanueva said. Booth Newspapers

September 27, 2013 Updates

Former UConn star Charlie Villanueva was recently in court to testify that a man took $250,000 of Villanueva's NBA money, allegedly for a real estate investment, and spent it on personal indulgences, including a really, really bad pitch tape for a TV reality series about the stresses and strains of, to use his words, "being an NBA legend." The (dubious) legend in question is ex-player and current defendant Tate George, who until recently stood mainly as a cautionary tale about what happens when you take the passion you once had for guarding the Fab Five and direct it at Five Guys instead. Hartford Courant

September 18, 2013 Updates
September 11, 2013 Updates

Any rumor missing? E-mail us at   hoopshype@hoopshype.com.