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Updated: July 1, 2009, 8:13 PM ETSources: Gordon, Villanueva to PistonsComment Email Print Share ESPN.com news servicesThe Detroit Pistons made the biggest early splash in free agency on Wednesday, agreeing to terms with Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva.GordonVillanuevaFormer Bulls guard Gordon will receive a five-year, $55 million deal, while former Bucks forward Villanueva gets a five-year deal for $40 million, sources told ESPN.com's Chris Broussard.

Gordon rejected deals from Chicago in excess of $50 million each of the past two seasons.

Milwaukee elected to let the 24-year-old Villanueva become an unrestricted free agent earlier this week, after the Bucks determined that matching any restricted free-agent offers would move the team closer to the luxury tax threshold and limit changing the roster.

The Associated Press first reported the Villanueva signing.Free agents can't officially sign with new teams until July 8.Gordon, who was taken third in the 2004 draft by Chicago, led the Bulls in scoring each of the past four seasons.

He averaged 20.4 points per game on 45.5 percent shooting last year.

For his career, he has a 21.3 points per game average.Villanueva, the seventh overall pick by Toronto in 2006 who has played the past three seasons with the Bucks, averaged 16.2 points and 6.7 rebounds per game last season.The Pistons now turn their attention to re-signing forward Antonio McDyess, but they'll have competition from the Cavaliers, Celtics and Spurs.

Chris Broussard covers the NBA for ESPN The Magazine.

ESPN.com's Marc Stein contributed to this report.



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