Charlie Villanueva will likely remain with the Detroit Pistons next season as he insinuated that he will pick up his $8.5 million player option this summer, according to Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press.
When asked about what he was planning on doing, Villanueva rhetorically asked Ellis: "Would you let that money go?"
Villanueva signed a five-year, $35 million deal in the summer of 2009 but has failed to live up to expectations with the Pistons. Villanueva is averaging 7.5 points and 3.8 rebounds a game while shooting 40.3 percent from the field, including 37.8 percent from three this season. That is a huge improvement compared to his disappointing numbers in 2011-12
Even if Villanueva picks up his option, the Pistons still have over $25 million in cap space this offseason, which should make them active players in free agency.
The Pistons are 22-35 so far this season and in 11th place in the Eastern Conference standings.
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