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Charlie Villanueva as a stretch 4?!?

I can already feel the "hell naw, are you crazy man?!?" comments being typed by many of you who read the name above, but hear me out. We need a "stretch 4" to fill out our roster and fill a very huge role on the team. Note, I said "role" as in "a guy who plays 12-15 situational minutes", not "starter". We are basically out of money after signing Martell, Temple and Mayor. We'll be mining the dregs of the NBA anyway, which is why names like Antawn Jamison have popped up. If Gentleman Jamison wants to close his storied NBA career here for league minimum, I'd be elated. But I think we all know that won't happen.

Regardless, this team needs a big who can shoot the 3 at a decent clip, space the floor, and not completely embarrass himself on defense. This guy needs to actually have NBA talent (ie: not Anthony Tolliver) and needs to be very motivated to play his best/be on his best behavior. To that effect, I'm suggesting Charlie Villanueva, who will probably be amnestied by the Pistons any moment now.

Charlie V's numbers for the Pistons last year weren't great, but he did shoot about 35% from behind the arc last. I can't quite understand why his numbers got progressively worse throughout the season (including some really awful numbers once assist-machine Jose Calderon arrived), but I'll note that he shot over 40% from the 3pt line the first couple of months of the season. He also played very well against the Wizards vaunted defense (19 pts in one game) and had a season high 21 in the Pistons upset of San Antonio.

In the right offense I could see him developing into a Channing Frye sort of volume shooting outside threat and adding a dimension this team really hasn't had since John Wall arrived. He would also come cheap and have something to prove since he'd essentially be playing for his NBA life. I don't know how bidding for amnestied players works, but I doubt he'd have many other suitors.

I'm sure many of you hate this idea because Villanueva is a noted malcontent who doesn't play defense, but I think it could work. Look no further than our own amnestied Andray Blatche in Brooklyn. On the right team with good veteran leadership and a well defined role, even the biggest knucklehead can mature, especially if they know their NBA livelihood hangs in the balance. I think Randy and Co. can find the right lineups to accentuate Villanueva's pluses (floor spacing) and minimize the damage of his minuses (DEFENSE).

Worse come to worse, we can just cut the guy, since we wouldn't be paying him much anyway.

Thoughts?

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