HoopsHype Charlie Villanueva rumors

January 2, 2013 Updates

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

September 28, 2012 Updates
September 27, 2012 Updates

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

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

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