Nov 11, 2013; Portland, OR, USA; Detroit Pistons power forward Charlie Villanueva (31) watches from the bench as tim winds down during the fourth quarter of the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center. The Blazers won the game 109-103. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes - USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Could Detroit Pistons buyout Charlie Villanueva?


Detroit Pistons’ forward Charlie Villanueva rarely sees the floor.

The 29-year old has appeared in just 14 games this season, playing 8.9 minutes per game. He’s averaging 4.6 points and 1.6 rebounds per game.

The Pistons, who could not deal Villanueva’s expiring contract before Thursday’s trade deadline, are now considering a buyout.

“Anything’s possible. Right now, it is what it is,” Villanueva told Vincent Godwill of the Detroit News. “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.”

Although Villanueva still hopes to play for the Pistons, his frustration is obvious.

“It’s hard because I love this game, I’m very passionate about this game, so it’s hard not to let my frustration out,” he told David Mayo of  “But you’ve just got to come to grips with it.  They made their decision.  It is what it is.  So there’s nothing I can do about it.  There’s nothing I can do about it.  It doesn’t matter what I do in practice.  It doesn’t matter what kind of work I put in.  It doesn’t matter.”

Sounds like it’s time for a fresh start.

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