Oct 30, 2013; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons power forward Charlie Villanueva (31) before the game against the Washington Wizards at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Charlie Villanueva rumors: Villanueva is a 'reclamation project'

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Just a few years ago, forward Charlie Villanueva was a hot commodity on the free agent market. The Detroit Pistons gave Villanueva a five-year, $40 million contract (and also signed guard Ben Gordon to a five-year deal worth just under $60 million so it wasn’t the greatest summer). Although Villanueva wound up playing out his entire contract, he never gave the Pistons the production they were looking for and now as a free agent once again, he isn’t drawing much interest.

Sports Illustrated’s Rod Mahoney cites Villanueva’s declining three-point shooting as a reason teams aren’t taking a shot on him and believes he would be a “reclamation project at this point.”

Villanueva’s career spiraled with Detroit’s increasing dysfunction. His signing would be a reclamation project at this point, as the once-promising shooter hasn’t converted his three-point tries at a league average clip since 2011.

Villanueva appeared in just 20 games last, playing 9.0 minutes per game. He averaged 4.6 points, 1.7 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game while shooting 38.0% from the field, 25.0% from beyond the arc and 57.1% from the free throw line. In his nine-year NBA career, he’s played for the Pistons, Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks and has averaged 11.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game while shooting 44.0% from the floor, 34.3% from three and 77.5% from the charity stripe. The former Connecticut Huskies’ star was selected by the Raptors with the seventh-overall pick in the first round of the 2005 NBA Draft.

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