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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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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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