Villanueva may play in Dominican Republic if there is a lockout

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Jorge Sierra of has the story:

Like many other NBA players before, Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva says he will also contemplate the possibility of playing abroad. But with him, it will not be China or Europe.

“I’m actually leaning towards likely playing in Dominican Republic, my home country,” Villanueva texted when asked about overseas options. “If I play there in Dominican Republic, it won’t be for the pay, but it will be for my people. They are passionate about the game of basketball.

“One hundred percent, basketball is my passion. If the lockout continues, it won’t stop me from doing what I love to do. Overseas is a possibility for sure.”

As Sierra notes, Villanueva led the Dominican national team in scoring in both 2009 and 2010. Villanueva averaged 11.1 points and 3.9 rebounds per game last year. If the lockout does come to an end soon, the Pistons owe Villanueva approximately $8 million a year through the 2013/14 season.