You can chalk this one up in the blatantly obvious column. Detroit Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva officially exercised his player option this week, ensuring that outside of an offseason trade, the former UConn product will open the season as a member of the Pistons.
Villanueva had the option of declining his player option until June 30th, but wanting to waste no time, the 28-year-old “Charlie V” informed the Pistons he would be returning for the upcoming 2013-2014 season and will be paid handsomely to do so.
The New Jersey native signed a five year, $35 million dollar deal in the Summer of 2009 with his final year, 2013, a player option worth $8.5 million dollars.
Villanueva of course is one in a long line of questionable moves by Detroit general manager Joe Dumars, who also signed Ben Gordon to a five year, $55 million dollar contract during that same 2009 offseason.
Thankfully for the Pistons, with Villanueva in the final year of his contract (potential expiring contract trade bait), Gordon’s hefty deal off the books thanks to last seasons trade and Jose Calderon‘s albatross of a contract expiring, the Pistons will have some financial flexibility heading into NBA free agency.
Hopefully Joe Dumars is a bit more smart with is money this time around.