HoopsHype Charlie Villanueva rumors

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Being enamored with Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo isn’t anything new for the Pistons, but the two sides aren’t likely to embark on a trade any time soon. The Boston Globe reported the Pistons offered guard Brandon Knight and an expiring contract — either Rodney Stuckey or Charlie Villanueva, as cap relief — for Rondo, who’s recovering from an ACL tear. The Celtics would want Andre Drummond, who’s obviously not available and won’t be, and the Pistons want to see how the frontcourt of Drummond, Greg Monroe and Josh Smith play together before making any deals to drastically alter their foundation. Detroit News

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The power forward for the Detroit Pistons, Charlie Villanueva, announced yesterday via his Twitter account that he will not be a part of the National Team of the Dominican Republic that will participate in the FIBA Americas Championship in Caracas, Venezuela. Villanueva posted three photos, including one of his tattoo of the Dominican flag and added a message. "I will talk about the issue of the DR (Dominican Republic) now, so they do ‘not lie to me, as they did last year. Thanks, and I love my country so much," he wrote. "I will concentrate my game in the United States because this is an important year for me. Love my country but I'm just focused on my family and career," said Villanueva. FIBA Americas

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