A recent report from the Detroit News reveals that the Pistons may in fact buyout the rest of Charlie Villanueva‘s contract. Although the 29-year-old forward will become an unrestricted free agent in a matter of months, a buyout would allow Villanueva to be picked up by another team that could use his services as soon as March 1.
It would be in the best interest for both parties to go their separate ways. Since signing a five year, $37 million contract in the summer of 2009 with Detroit, Villanueva has not produced at the level that the Pistons expected.
His best season with the Pistons was in his first year with the team, as he averaged nearly 12 points and 4.7 rebounds.
Villanueva’s production has continually decreased throughout the years, which could be due in part to the minimal amount of minutes that he has received. While parting with Villanueva would be a good idea because Detroit has no use for him, it would also allow the eighth year veteran to prove his worth for another NBA team.
As an upcoming free agent, playing for a squad that would be able to give Villanueva more on court time would be beneficial for him to land a future contract.
He surely won’t get the type of money that the Pistons have given him, but a productive second half stretch could lead to a comfortable payday come July.