Charlie Villanueva Open To Buyout, Eyes Rockets

FEBRUARY 24TH: Villanueva would consider joining the Rockets if he and the Pistons reach a buyout agreement, tweets Gery Woelfel of The Journal Times.

FEBRUARY 21ST: Charlie Villanueva would consider a buyout if the Pistons want to negotiate one, as he tells reporters, including Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News. The 29-year-old wasn’t in many trade rumors leading up to the deadline as the Pistons were unable find a new home for his expiring contract, which pays $8.58MM this season.

“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.”

The Excel Sports Management client has played sparingly for Detroit this season, averaging just 8.9 minutes in 14 appearances. He’s never averaged as many as 24 minutes a game for the Pistons after signing a five-year, $37.7MM deal in 2009 that’s sparked widespread criticism of president of basketball operations Joe Dumars.

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