HoopsHype Charlie Villanueva rumors

July 30, 2012 Updates

The Pistons are pleased with Villanueva's conditioning efforts, and his 6-foot-11 frame looked slim. He has taken up a boxing regimen, and he flew to Orlando recently to practice with the summer-league team. "I'm committed to this organization because they made a commitment to me," Villanueva said of his time in Florida. "It's an opportunity to get better. It's an opportunity to work with the younger guys and the draft picks." Detroit Free Press

July 18, 2012 Updates

Ben Wallace wants to return for his 17th NBA season, but the roster is full. That means a roster spot would have to open up. Villanueva or Austin Daye could be traded to make room for Wallace. Detroit News

July 17, 2012 Updates
July 12, 2012 Updates

Vincent Goodwill: There are NO plans to amnesty Charlie Villanueva, for those who keep asking... #Pistons Twitter

July 7, 2012 Updates
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

He has two years left on his contract, and is scheduled to make $16.6 million over that span. He could be a prime candidate for the amnesty clause if the Pistons can't find a taker for him. "The fact I'm not being used this season, and we have the same guys coming back (contractually)," Villanueva said. "My mind is, 'What's going to happen next season?' "I feel like I can be helping out, but we'll see what happens." Detroit News

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