Mavericks general manager Donnie Nelson said Wednesday that while Villanueva won't return to Dallas, he expects the veteran forward to play in the NBA this season, Dwain Price of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
After two seasons as a low-end option off the Mavericks' bench, Villanueva became a free agent in July, but has largely failed to generate interest from NBA teams thus far. As a high-volume shooter who holds underwhelming career rates of 43.5 percent from the field and 34.1 percent from three-point range, Villanueva may not possess the skill set that most teams would find deserving of a guaranteed contract. While Villanueva probably wouldn't have much trouble earning a training camp invite from a club, the 32-year-old may value the financial security of a guaranteed deal, which could prompt him to explore his options overseas. For what it's worth, Villanueva was reportedly gauging interest from teams in the Chinese Basketball Association earlier this month, according to international basketball writer David Pick.
Villanueva totaled nine points (3-5 FG, 3-5 3Pt), two rebounds, and one assist in 15 minutes during the Mavericks' 96-91 loss to the Spurs on Wednesday.
Villanueva has appeared in three of the last four games while seeing double-digit minutes in two. He has been called upon sporadically this season for his ability to drain three-pointers, but Villanueva is extremely unlikely to receive similar playing time during the Mavericks' first-round series with the Thunder.
Villanueva scored 16 points (6-13 FG, 4-8 3Pt) in a loss to the Warriors on Friday. He added five rebounds, one block and a steal.
Charlie V. scored all 16 of his points in a fourth quarter flurry that helped the Mavs make a late push against the Warriors. He will likely continue to see a bump in minutes with teammate Chandler Parsons (knee) out for the season.
Villanueva recorded seven points (2-4 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 3-3 FT), four rebounds, and one steal in 13 minutes during the Mavericks' 128-101 win against the Timberwolves on Sunday.
Villanueva made an appearance in six out of 10 games during the month of February. However, he averaged just five points, 2.3 rebounds, 0.6 threes, 0.4 assists, and 0.1 steals in 10 minutes per matchup. The 31-year-old forward had averaged more playing time in every other month during 2015-16, and his fantasy value is nearly non-existent at this stage of his career.
Villanueva scored 13 points (5-10 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds and three assists over 23 minutes in Friday's 116-90 loss to the Spurs.
The fact that the 11-year reserve shared the team lead in scoring is indicative of the type of night it was for the Mavericks. It was the Villanueva's first double-digit scoring output since Jan. 20 against the Timberwolves, and his ninth overall on the season. While Friday's production was certainly solid, Villanueva's opportunities to reach even modest scoring totals only typically come about as a result of injury to others in front of him, or in the second half of severe blowouts.
Villanueva posted 14 points (5-14 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT), six rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block in 28 minutes during the Mavericks' 106-94 win against the Timberwolves on Wednesday.
Villanueva made his fourth start of the season on Wednesday, and stepped in nicely with Dirk Nowitzki (knee) receiving the night off. Nowitzki reported he is set to return on Friday, which would result in Villanueva returning to his role off the bench. He might make a decent DFS play on nights when Nowitzki sits, but otherwise Villanueva is mostly a non-factor in fantasy.
Villanueva will start in Wednesday's contest against Minnesota, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports.
Villanueva will get his fourth start of the season as he fills in for Dirk Nowitzki. It's unclear if he'll see a large uptick in minutes be he's sure to receive some. He'll likely drop down the the bench again for Dallas' next game against the Thunder on Friday.
Villanueva scored seven points (3-7 FG, 1-4 3Pt) with one rebound and a steal over 14 minutes in a 108-89 loss to the Thunder on Wednesday.
With regular starter Chandler Parsons receiving a day off Wednesday, Villanueva drew just his third start of the season. Villanueva squandered the opportunity for increased minutes, however, by getting ejected in the second quarter during an altercation between Russell Westbrook and J.J. Barea. Villanueva, who appeared to grab Westbrook's throat, may receive disciplinary action from the commissioner's office.
Villanueva will start Wednesday versus the Thunder, Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman reports.
Villanueva is drawing the start due to Chandler Parsons sitting this one out. He has played well this year when given an opportunity, and should see even more usage than normal Wednesday due to the Mavericks resting their normal starting five.
Villanueva (coach's decision) didn't see the court in Tuesday's 117-116 double-overtime win against the Kings.
It ended a streak of nine straight appearances for Villanueva, who may have a tough time seeing the court now that the Mavs' bench is back to full health. Villanueva is capable of providing a scoring spark to the second unit on nights the starters fail to get it going, but his defensive limitations will frequently make coach Rick Carlisle reluctant to trust him in competitive affairs like Tuesday's contest.
Villanueva scored 14 points in 25 minutes of action Wednesday. He finished 5-of-12 from the field, including 2-of-7 from behind the arc.
Villanueva has scored in double figures in two of Dallas' last three outings. However his playing time and resulting productivity have fluctuated too much this year to consider him a reliable fantasy option.
Villanueva scored nine points (4-10 FG, 1-6 3Pt) with two rebounds, three assists, and two steals through 12 minutes in a 103-99 loss to the Raptors on Tuesday.
A three-point shooting specialist, Villanueva simply hasn't played enough to be fantasy relevant in most formats this season. Villanueva, who scored all nine of his points in the fourth quarter, has scored in the double-digits just six times this season.
Villanueva scored 10 points Tuesday in a win over the Trail Blazers. He finished 4-of-13 from the field, including 2-of-8 from behind the arc, and added three rebounds and two steals.
Villanueva scored in double-figures for the first time since November 14 but hoisted a season-high eight attempts from three-point range in the process.
Villanueva left the Mavericks on Wednesday to attend the birth of his second child, Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com reports.
The Mavericks are playing in Boston on Wednesday but they'll have to do it without the efforts of Villanueva who's averaged just over 15 minutes per game after 10 total outings. Chandler Parsons could finally see extended time on the court during his absence, although coach Rick Carlisle may still keep Parsons on a minutes restriction while utilizing rookie Justin Anderson instead. It would be highly unlikely for Villanueva to also miss Friday's game back in Dallas against the Jazz, but he is still dealing with a minor foot injury which could pose some problems for his viability even when he rejoins the team.
Villanueva missed practice Tuesday due to a minor foot injury, Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News reports.
It's unclear when Villanueva suffered the injury, as Sefko notes that the forward appeared to be fine after Monday's contest. Regardless, the ailment appears to be fairly minor, so consider Villanueva questionable to play Wednesday night.
Villanueva was limited to three points (1-5 FG, 1-2 3Pt) and three rebounds over eight minutes in Monday's loss to the 76ers.
This is a more typical nightly performance from Villanueva, who may have piqued some light interest after scoring a season-high 19 over 25 minutes in Saturday's win against the Rockets. Villanueva only entered the starting lineup Saturday because Wesley Matthews, Chandler Parsons, and Dirk Nowitzki were all being rested for the second game of a back-to-back set, but with all three players back in action Monday, Villanueva predictably saw his role marginalized.
Villanueva scored 19 points (8-16 FG, 3-7 3Pt) with five rebounds and three blocks in 25 minutes during Saturday's win over the Rockets.
He got the start at power forward with Dirk Nowitzki getting the night off, and Villanueva responded with his best performance of the season. The veteran is primarily a bench player at this stage of his career, but as a stretch four he's capable of heating up from outside and supplying value when he gets the court time.
Villanueva is making the most of his limited playing time with seven made 3-point baskets in four preseason games.
Villanueva started the preseason with 18 points and eight rebounds in 23 minutes of work, but his minutes have now depleted to 15 in his most recent appearance Friday. However, Villanueva has made the most of his time on the court by scoring a total of 46 points in 77 minutes with 21 of those points earned via the 3-pointer. Villanueva expects to make his mark on the 2015-16 season as a deep-range shooter off the bench.
The Mavericks have made official the signings of power forward Charlie Villanueva and center Samuel Dalembert , per the Dallas Morning News.
Villanueva managed 6.3 points and 2.3 rebounds a game as a reserve for Dallas last season. Dalembert averaged 4.0 points and 5.3 rebounds for the Knicks a year ago.
Power forward Charlie Villanueva declared in May that he hoped to return to the Mavericks. His wish has come true, according to ESPN, which is reporting that he will sign a new deal with the team this week.
Villanueva contributed 6.3 points and 2.3 rebounds in under 11 minutes per game for Dallas last season.