HoopsHype Charlie Villanueva rumors

December 18, 2014 Updates

Charlie Villanueva: On his decision process of choosing the Mavericks over the Clippers: "To be honest, when I was with coach [Rick] Carlisle it just seemed so real. He was speaking from the heart. That's what I loved about him. Obviously, his resume speaks for itself. Just sitting down to talk to him man to man. I was there for two days and he personally worked me out both days. It just showed how much he cared about his players and wants his players to be successful. The thing that he always said was like, if I did decide to come here that he would make sure that I would become a better player. Not to take nothing away from what the Clippers and Doc Rivers is doing, but it just felt right with Rick. It was just a feeling. I went with a feeling in my gut and I feel like I made the right move." Dallas Morning News

Charlie Villanueva on how he proposed to his fiancée: "Well the good thing is that my lady so happened to be from Dallas. That kind of worked out. I was nervous, to be honest. I've never been that nervous in my life. It was worse than sitting in the green room waiting for my name to be called. I went out to dinner and took her to the American Airlines Center and that's where I did it. I just felt like it was right, her being from Dallas, watching the Mavericks growing up to now being with a Maverick. I just felt like doing it in Dallas was the right spot." Dallas Morning News

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Since the immediate move, I arrived and got a good vibe for Dallas. It truly feels like home. Everyone here complements each other (on and off the court) and for the first time in a long time I am really excited about basketball again. I think it has been well documented that the two teams that had the most interest in me (and that I had the most interest) were the LA Clippers and the Dallas Mavs. My meetings and workouts with Coach Doc and his staff were first class. That being said, there was something about Dallas that simply felt right. I can’t really explain it... Anyway, I am going to keep riding this roller coaster until the end...and then probably get back on because life is a roller coaster...you can’t quit, but it's important to enjoy the ride. Gotta believe...things happen for a reason. Always evolving... Charlie Villanueva

The Mavs reached the NBA maximum of 15 players Saturday when they waived center Bernard James, guard Doron Lamb and forward Ivan Johnson. Most of the $915,243 James was slated to make this season is guaranteed. But the Mavs decided the 3-point shooting Charlie Villanueva displayed in the eight preseason games outweighed what they received from James. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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The Dallas Mavericks signed Villanueva to a non-guaranteed contract this summer. And even though the Mavericks already have the NBA maximum of 15 players with full or partially guaranteed contracts, they’re not against dumping one of those players to create a roster spot for Villanueva. “We’re just going to pick the best players,” owner Mark Cuban said. “I don’t care what their contract is. I’m happy to [eat a contract]. I don’t care.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“It’s good to have guys like that [Cuban and Carlisle] on your back, on your side, but I can’t get satisfied at all,” said the 6-foot-11, 232-pound Villanueva. “I’ve got to keep grinding. I’ve got to keep working. I’ve got to keep getting better every day.” Villanueva said he considered signing with the Los Angeles Clippers, but just got a better vibe from the Mavericks’ front office. He also said he’s not using training camp as an audition to showcase himself to other teams. “My mentality is here,” Villanueva said. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

October 6, 2014 Updates
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BK: One Pistons fan famously has tattoos of you, one on either arm. If you had to get a tattoo of one NBA player, current or former, who would you choose and why? Charlie Villanueva: He actually has three tattoos of me! My favorite player of all-time is Reggie Miller. I love his game. I love everything about him — hard-working guy, just his swagger was just tremendous. That’s one of the reasons I always wear number 31 is because of Reggie Miller. mavs.com

September 23, 2014 Updates

Earl K. Sneed: Per @MavsPR, the @Dallas Mavericks have signed Charlie Villanueva. The 6-11 big man averaged 4.6 pts & 1.7 rebs in 20 games for Detroit last year. Twitter @EarlKSneed

September 8, 2014 Updates
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The Heat likely will add another veteran center at the minimum to replace Oden, but it has to be someone who’s content with not playing much. (Barring injury or foul trouble, it’s hard to see many minutes available, with Chris Bosh and Chris Andersen sharing virtually all the time at center; and Josh McRoberts, Udonis Haslem, Birdman and occasionally Danny Granger at power forward.) Among those still available: Elton Brand, Andray Blatche (Heat has avoided him before because of maturity, behavior issues), Charlie Villanueva, Ryan Hollins, Ekpe Udoh, Byron Mullins, Greg Stiesma and Andrew Bynum (who can’t stay healthy). Miami Herald

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