HoopsHype Charlie Villanueva rumors

July 23, 2014 Updates

Another week passes by.... week #3. I was happy to be back home in New York City. Spent some good quality time with my familia. Shouts to my little cousin Bryant who I take under my wing. He's a good kid, helps me out a lot. Got a chance to catch a Pro-Am game at Baruch College. For those of you that may not know, Pro-Am is a Summer League that takes place in NYC annually. It's where the best of the best get together and compete during the off-season. You'll always catch active and former NBA guys there, plus legit overseas experienced players. It's sponsored by Nike and I think now it's actually called the Nike Pro City League. I've had my share of runs there before. Always great to come back and reconnect. One would think my patience would have gotten the best of me during this point in time, but I'm keeping myself poised and dedicated to the gym. I'm going to continue to fight. I feel like I have something to prove, not to the fans, but to myself, and the love that I have for this game. Timing is everything and everything happens for a reason. Hope you enjoy this week's Webisode. Charlie Villanueva

July 15, 2014 Updates

Eric Pincus: The Pistons renounced Chauncey Billups, Rodney Stuckey and Charlie Villanueva - waived Josh Harrellson and Peyton Siva Twitter @EricPincus

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Charlie Villanueva knows he disappointed Detroit Pistons fans during his five seasons with the team. But as the 31-year-old power forward enters free agency, he hopes basketball fans haven’t given up on him just yet. “Though I cannot predict the future, I can predict the work and effort I put in today,” Villanueva wrote in a blog post on sportsblog.com. “And my drive to overcome will result in success. I promise you that. “I've been in the gym since the day the NBA season ended. No time can be wasted. This is a critical period in my career that can break or make me. I feel I have a point to prove. Rejuvenate my life and direction.” Detroit Free Press

April 12, 2014 Updates

Villanueva certainly faces a future where past potential can be forgotten about quickly, and a player can be out of the league in an instant. He knows he’ll have to start from square one in order to resume his career. “For sure it’s gonna be tough,” Villanueva said. “People haven’t seen me play in awhile, of course it’ll gonna be tough. If I have to work out (for teams) to show I still have a lot of basketball left, I’ll do it. Whatever it takes. For sure, though, a lot of teams haven’t seen me play.” Detroit News

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Not exactly, if Charlie Villanueva gets a buyout of the remaining amount of his contract, enabling him to latch onto another team where he might get more minutes. His expiring contract didn't fetch the suitors the Pistons believed it would — a league-wide trend, actually — but a buyout is another option. “Anything’s possible. Right now, it is what it is,” Villanueva said. “I wish I could help this team in any way possible, but they’re going in a different direction. It’s part of the business, but if it presented itself, that’s something we’d look at, for sure.” Detroit News

Villanueva has been around for plenty of foolishness since his arrival. He was one of the few players who didn’t participate in a team boycott of a 2011 shoot-around in Philadelphia a day after the trade deadline. “I’ve thought about that (stuff). But there’s always a right and wrong way to do things, and I’ll always do the right thing,” Villanueva said. “I’m a professional. It’s a privilege to play in this league. My situation ain’t so bright right now.” Detroit News

February 21, 2014 Updates

It's still possible that he and the Pistons could agree on the buyout of the remainder of his salary, which could allow another team to pick him up by March 1 and still have him eligible for postseason. If that opportunity arises, "we could look at it, for sure," Villanueva said after today's shootaround before a 7:30 p.m. home game against the Atlanta Hawks. "I want to play. If it's not here, then I'm still young, I've still got a lot of years of playing left. I just want to play," he said. Booth Newspapers

February 16, 2014 Updates

The trade deadline is 3 p.m. Thursday, less than 24 hours after the Charlotte back-to-back. The Pistons have several potential trade pieces with Rodney Stuckey and Charlie Villanueva approaching unrestricted free agency, and Greg Monroe restricted free agency this summer. They have rebuffed Monroe talks and need Stuckey for the stretch. Villanueva could have value if the Pistons are willing to take on a longer-term contract. It's more likely that the Pistons don't make a major deal and Loyer said he made it clear that the postseason objective remains unchanged during his first meeting with the team after replacing Cheeks last weekend. Booth Newspapers

February 2, 2014 Updates

Despite persistent national media rumors that Greg Monroe is a potential trade piece because of his restricted free agency this summer, the Pistons have shown no interest in trading him. They also have Charlie Villanueva and Rodney Stuckey on expiring contracts, but their position all season has been that those players have value whether they're traded or simply relinquished to free up money this summer. They make more than $17 million combined. Gores said the trade deadline is not a central focus. Booth Newspapers

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Villanueva said he’s a little surprised at how the season has unfolded but said he feels like the team has moved in another direction. “During the off-season I worked my butt off to have a positive year and put the past behind me, but it’s obvious they’re going in another direction, so I understand that,” Villanueva said before the Knicks game. “I understand the business aspect of it as well.” Detroit Free Press

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With the Oct. 31 deadline passing, Monroe will be a restricted free agent next off-season, so he is playing for his next contract. Not as much has been written about Rodney Stuckey and Charlie Villanueva, but they will be unrestricted free agents as well. Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks played coy when asked whether he talked to the players about focusing on the season and put money matters in the background. “Who’s on a contract year?” he asked. When his question was answered, he said: “See, I don’t even know. I’m just worried about getting the best out of them. Whether they’re on a contract year or four or five years, I don’t know. I just try and get the best out of them the best I can. I don’t focus in on that. I’m quite sure they do, but I don’t focus on that.” Detroit Free Press

October 29, 2013 Updates

The name most people talk about is big man Greg Monroe, but the more likely trade chips are the ending contracts of Rodney Stuckey ($8.5 million) and Charlie Villanueva ($8.5 million). Of the two, Stuckey clearly has more trade appeal and at the deadline Detroit will have paid the bulk of Stuckey’s deal. HoopsWorld

October 2, 2013 Updates

Charlie Villanueva had to tell the truth, he said. The Detroit Pistons power forward was talking about a trial in which former NBA player Tate George was convicted Monday of bilking $2 million in a Ponzi scheme, with Villanueva, who testified last month, one of his victims. "I don't care how much money you make, 250K is 250K," Villanueva said of his losses in the scam perpetrated by a fellow former University of Connecticut player. He said he felt more sympathy for other victims than for himself, like a woman who inherited $46,000 and lost it all investing with George. "She needed that 46K," Villanueva said. Booth Newspapers

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