Mavericks Sign Forward Charlie Villanueva
- For Immediate Release
- September 23, 2014
DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have signed free agent forward Charlie Villanueva. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Villanueva (6'11, 232) signs with the Mavericks after spending the last five seasons with the Detroit Pistons. He had a breakout year in 2008-2009 when he averaged 16.2 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists in his final season with the Milwaukee Bucks. Villanueva holds career averages of 11.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 23.1 minutes in 530 career games (158 starts) with Toronto, Milwaukee and Detroit.
The former University of Connecticut standout was originally drafted by the Toronto Raptors with the 7th overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft. After two seasons at UConn, the Storrs, Connecticut native declared for the NBA Draft. He earned Big East All-Rookie Team honors and an NCAA National Championship as a freshman and was the team's MVP as a sophomore averaging a team-high 13.6 points per game.