HoopsHype Charlie Villanueva rumors

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Charlie Villanueva laughed when asked about his future with the Detroit Pistons. Specifically, he was asked if he was going to pick up the final season of the five-year, $35-million deal he signed in the summer of 2009. He has the option of declining the $8.5-million player option by June 30 and becoming an unrestricted free agent. Villanueva, 28, said there’s no decision. “It’s obvious what I’m going to do,” Villanueva told the Free Press before the Pistons topped the Bobcats on Tuesday night. “Would you let that money go?” Detroit Free Press

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If the Pistons can off-load Rodney Stuckey and his $8.5 million team option for next season or Charlie Villanueva and his $8.5 million team option for next season before the trade deadline they could add to that number significantly. League sources peg Stuckey as the easiest chip to move and there is a belief that Detroit is more than open to a deal involving one or both. HoopsWorld

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Charlie Villanueva was a little embarrassed at the topic. The subject was his free-throw shooting and how a guy with a career 78% shooting percentage can scuffle at a 32% clip. Friday night, he had to suffer through the ignominy of Cavs coach Byron Scott going to the Hack-A-Charlie strategy in the fourth quarter of the Pistons' 117-99 victory. Villanueva shot 3-for-8 to actually raise his free-throw average, but Villanueva just shook his head Saturday when asked about it. "Wow, that's disrespectful by Byron Scott," Villanueva said jokingly. "By the numbers, good move. "It's just one of those years where I can't make free throws. I haven't gotten (many) attempts. That was crazy, though. That was crazy how he pulled that card out." Detroit Free Press

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A story written by Swedish writers while Jerebko was in London quoted the forward's father, Chris, and the Swedish national team manager, Jonte Karlsson, concerning his current nonrole on the team. Jerebko has been out of the rotation since November. The story offered the theory that the Pistons were showcasing Austin Daye and Charlie Villanueva for a possible trade, which seems unlikely. "You do not sell a player and get rid of his contract if he is sitting on the bench," Karlsson was quoted in the story. Before Tuesday's game against Orlando, Jerebko said: "I didn't read the story, so I don't know what it said. Everybody has a right to their own opinion. It's media. They probably twisted it." Detroit Free Press

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You kind of knew this was coming — once Charlie Villanueva was ejected for a flagrant two foul on the Kings’ Isaiah Thomas Tuesday night you had to expect a fine to follow. It did, the league announced a $25,000 fine for Villanueva on Wednesday. NBCSports.com

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After the disappointment of last season, one marred by injuries and inactivity, it was clear he would have to ratchet up his summer workouts to prepare himself for the competition to earn minutes and finally, live up to the free-agent contract he signed with the Pistons three summers ago. At the suggestion of his financial manager, he found himself at Shut Up and Box in Royal Oak, using unconventional methods that are becoming increasingly popular in NBA circles. "I'd never tried it so I said, 'Why not?'" Villanueva said. "The first time I did it, I was like 'Wow,' I saw how tired I got so fast." Detroit News

In the midst of those workouts, his year went from bad to worse upon hearing he was cut from the Dominican Republic National Team. Upon hearing the name of Kentucky and national team coach John Calipari, Villanueva grunted. "The DR thing definitely stung," he said. "That's your country you're representing. They never gave me an opportunity to work out in the first place. I never worked out for these guys, it caught me off guard. I'm reading up on this and I'm like, 'Wow.'" Detroit News

In addition to all of that, there was the penultimate — the whisper that wasn't so quiet from folks who wanted the Pistons to waive him under the amnesty clause, even though it wouldn't have helped the team in free agency. "It burns me up. It just drove me. Instead of being upset, I said, this will pass and I will let my game do the talking," said Villanueva of the sum of everything that's occurred. He shouldn't need much motivation at this point, and he's admitted the past year has humbled him beyond belief. But he says his body feels better than ever and he's ready to change the perception about being a talented underachiever. "Definitely did not expect this. It's been three difficult years, real hard," he said. "They went by fast. "Different situations each time (year). My lowest year was last year by far. At least I played my first two years. Then last year my body couldn't. The lockout played a role in it, not knowing when you'll go back to work. My mindset wasn't the same. Now I know I have to be back Oct. 1." Detroit News

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