HoopsHype Charlie Villanueva rumors

July 7, 2012 Updates

Charlie Villanueva: “I’m at home relaxing and people are hitting me up like, ‘You got cut from the Dominican Republic team?’ I didn’t know anything about it. The crazy thing is I spoke to coach Cal like two weeks before I supposedly got cut. Everything was fine. Everything was cool, then this article came out that I got cut. I had never worked out for them. Besides one conversation I had with coach Cal, they never saw me. NBA.com

June 24, 2012 Updates

According to FIBA.com, Villanueva was cut from the Dominican Republic national team that is coached by Kentucky's John Calipari. Villanueva reportedly had a private workout for the team in New York, and Calipari told Deportes en la Z, "Charlie ... was overweight, and unfortunately, we could not slow down the entire team and it was a decision taken collectively." Rob Villanueva, Charlie's older brother, said the New York private workout never took place. Rob added that Charlie has taken to a boxing routine for fitness and is enjoying it tremendously. Detroit Free Press

June 13, 2012 Updates

Villanueva fired back with the thinspo equivalent of "scoreboard," posting a photo of what he says is his totally accurate bathroom scale reading. "Lol case closed," Villanueva wrote as he displayed a reading only 11.5 pounds higher than his listed playing weight. Deadspin.com

June 12, 2012 Updates

Charlie Villanueva helped bring unprecedented attention to the Dominican Republic the past few summers as a player with their national team. He is not in the squad for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT), however. FIBA.com

Calipari, who guided the team to a bronze medal last summer at the FIBA Americas Championship and then led the Kentucky Wildcats to the NCAA title, is working out with the Dominicans in Lexington. Villanueva had a private workout for the Dominican Republic in New York and didn't leave a good impression. "Charlie was not in good form when we saw him," Calipari said to Deportes en la Z. "He was overweight, and unfortunately, we could not slow down the entire team and it was a decision taken collectively. FIBA.com

May 22, 2012 Updates
April 27, 2012 Updates

If the Pistons make a move in free agency, Villanueva is one of the leading amnesty-clause candidates to free salary-cap space. He is scheduled to make just more than $8 million next year, with a player option for another $8.5 million the following season. Through one-time use of amnesty, the Pistons could release Villanueva and pay his contract for next year, minus any money he might receive by signing with another team, without that money being applied to their salary cap. “I would like to stay here,” Villanueva said. “I love it here, I love it here. At the same time, I'm a realist.” Booth Newspapers

April 16, 2012 Updates
April 7, 2012 Updates

Good news for the Pistons, good news for Pistons fans … bad news for Charlie Villanueva, at least as it translates to an opening to playing time for the third-year Piston who, like so many of his teammates, got caught in the crosswinds of turmoil that upended his first two seasons with the franchise. He’s itching to play – “dying to play” as he told me Friday night, headed to the court for a pregame workout in Atlanta. Is he disappointed that he’s not in the rotation, playing in only two games since missing 32 with a right ankle injury that cropped up in training camp? Absolutely. Is he allowing disappointment to spill into a frustration that erodes his hunger? Nope. NBA.com

April 4, 2012 Updates
March 18, 2012 Updates

Charlie Villanueva, Austin Daye and Will Bynum aren't in the playing rotation and all are quite open about their displeasure with the situation. Daye and Bynum have admitted they wouldn't be opposed to a change of scenery. Villanueva is the team's third-highest paid player this season at $7.5 million and is on the books for roughly $16 million over the next two seasons. Daye is the 2009 first-round pick who is still trying to establish himself. Bynum hasn't seen this little playing time since his first season with the Pistons in 2008-09. Detroit Free Press

Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars said Friday at US Airways Center that no deals presented themselves. Plus, he didn't feel compelled to move anyone because no one is being disruptive. "For the guys who aren't playing, we don't have any headaches here, any guys who are causing issues here," Dumars said. "For other teams, I don't know if that was their issue but it's not for us." Detroit Free Press

March 2, 2012 Updates

Detroit Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva said today that he could be back in uniform by late next week after participating in his first full practice since he was placed on the inactive list. Villanueva won't play in Saturday's road game against the Memphis Grizzlies, nor does he figure to play Tuesday when the Pistons host the Los Angeles Lakers. After that, he suggested he might be healthy enough to rejoin the active roster. "You've got the Lakers coming up on Tuesday," Villanueva said. "We've got two days of practice (after that game), and I'm going to utilize those days to see where my conditioning is at, see how I feel, and perhaps by Friday or Saturday (of next week), we might be able to do something." Booth Newspapers

February 28, 2012 Updates

Monday night, Villanueva practiced with his teammates after not doing any running for two months and could be available by next week. "I'm feeling real good; I went through the first 20 minutes of practice, non-contact, and felt pretty good," said Villanueva, who has not played since a Jan. 4 loss against Chicago. "I'm taking it day by day from now on. I'm not trying to speed things up. I'm just working my way back into things." Detroit Free Press

February 5, 2012 Updates

Villanueva was asked if he feels he could play in a pinch and said he didn’t think so. “I tried to do some stuff out there with Arnie and it just didn’t feel good out there,” Villaneuva said. “I didn’t feel comfortable out there. I’m still young. I still got a lot of basketball left to be playing. I just want to take care of this situation and move forward.” Villanueva feels he’s made progress and is no longer wearing the boot 24 hours a day like he did during the Pistons recent road trip. “I just try to stay off it as much as possible,” Villanueva said. “Just during the game is the times you don’t see me with a boot. Throughout the whole day I’ll be on a boot. The time the team was on that road trip, the four or five-game road trip, I was on a boot 24 hours. It’s definitely calmed down a bit. It feels a lot better, hopefully I’ll keep making progress.” Oakland Press

February 4, 2012 Updates

The Detroit Pistons announced tonight that -- after "repeated imaging studies as well as multiple consultations from foot and ankle orthopedic surgeons" -- forward Charlie Villanueva’s right ankle soreness can be attributed to a "resolving posterior tibial tenosynovitis with small talotibal spurs." Detroit Free Press

January 13, 2012 Updates

Charlie Villanueva was eager to make a good impression on new Pistons coach Lawrence Frank. But a three-game suspension to start the season and now a sore right ankle have contributed to Villanueva playing only six minutes through 10 games. On Thursday, he missed the chance to face the Bucks, his previous team before he signed that infamous five-year, $35-million deal in the summer of 2010. "It's frustrating because you get a new start, new coach, new staff, you kind of want to go out there and show what you can do," Villanueva said after Thursday morning's shoot-around. "Then you start off being suspended the first couple of games, and then my ankle. So I really just haven't had the opportunity to go out there and play. It's been frustrating." Detroit Free Press

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