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Linas Kleiza | Guard/Forward | #11

Team: Toronto Raptors
Age / DOB:  (33) / 1/3/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'8" / 248
College: Missouri
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 1 (27) / POR

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Linas Kleiza and Turkish team Fenerbahce Ulker agreed on a two-year contract.
He went unclaimed in the NBA and his body just hasn't been the same since microfracture surgery back in 2011. Kleiza had some highlights since the surgery, including a 30-point game in February of 2012, but his best days are behind him at 28 years old. Thu, Jul 25, 2013 09:51:00 AM

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Linas Kleiza passed through waivers unclaimed Thursday, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

Kleiza was bought out by the Raptors on Tuesday. The injury-prone swingman is likely headed back overseas, something he admitted was a very real possibility in an interview with EuroHoops.
Thu, Jul 18, 2013 05:12:00 PM

Linas Kleiza acknowledged in an interview with EuroHoops he'll likely end up playing in Europe next season.

Kleiza was bought out and placed on waivers by the Raptors on Tuesday and should become an officially free agent any minute now. Kleiza has struggled to stay healthy and his knees have become a real issue, even after undergoing microfracture surgery in 2011. Kleiza will likely look around the NBA for offers, but he might find more success and more money overseas.
Wed, Jul 17, 2013 03:48:00 PM

Raptors waive forward Linas Kleiza and designate him as the team’s amnesty player.

Kleiza's knees have been troublesome and he had microfracture surgery in 2011. He could land with another team at some point this season if he doesn't play overseas, but his days of being a fantasy option appear to be over.
Tue, Jul 16, 2013 07:00:00 PM

The Raptors are expected to use their amnesty provision on Linas Kleiza Tuesday.

"We'll find out today," Kleiza said. "I can't tell you anything, as I don't actually know myself." Kleiza battled knee injuries way too often for the Raptors and hasn't been able to play extended periods of time without rest since his microfracture surgery on his right knee in 2011. Despite the improved recoveries of microfracture patients in recent years, Kleiza will go down as a negative with most of his DNPs occurring to his right leg. He'll likely be headed for a career overseas.
Tue, Jul 16, 2013 08:52:00 AM

Linas Kleiza has exercised his $4.6 million player option for the 2013-14 season, according to beat writer Josh Lewenberg.

This shouldn't come as a surprise because there's no way Kleiza's getting anything close to that much on the open market. He barely played this season due to injuries and then was shut down by the Raptors for the final month of the season despite being healthy. He's a candidate for Toronto's amnesty clause.
Sat, May 18, 2013 01:14:00 PM

The Raptors have informed Linas Kleiza that he will not play in a game between now and the end of the season.

Some of our readers may have forgotten that Kleiza is even in the league considering he hasn't played since December 28, and although his knee is now healthy, the Raptors have no intention of playing him. It's possible Toronto decides to use its amnesty clause on Kleiza in the offseason.
Thu, Mar 21, 2013 08:00:00 AM

Linas Kleiza (knee) has been doing quad strengthening exercises and could return within a week.

The Raptors are more than likely to use their amnesty clause on Kleiza and his bum knee in the offseason.
Fri, Feb 22, 2013 01:27:00 PM

Linas Kleiza (knee) remains out indefinitely.

Kleiza hasn't played since Dec. 28 and isn't even dressing for games anymore. There's no room for him on the wing anyway with Alan Anderson and Terrence Ross excelling in bench roles.
Source: Toronto Sun
Fri, Jan 25, 2013 03:22:00 PM

Linas Kleiza could be cut using the amnesty clause in the offseason, according to the Toronto Sun.

Kleiza's chronic knee woes aren't going away. The Toronto Sun calls Kleiza being amnestied "more like a given with each passing day," and it makes sense given the depth the Raptors have on the wing.
Source: Toronto Sun
Thu, Jan 10, 2013 10:12:00 AM

Linas Kleiza (knee) will not play Wednesday night against the Sixers.

Kleiza can't seem to shake these knee issues. Terrence Ross (ankle) is also out, meaning Alan Anderson and Landry Fields, who is starting for Mickael Pietrus against Philly, should see more time.
Wed, Jan 9, 2013 06:09:00 PM

Linas Kleiza (knee) will not play in Friday night's game against the Kings.

Kleiza's seemingly chronic knee woes continue to plague him. Terrence Ross is a better bet for scoring production off the bench in Toronto anyway.
Fri, Jan 4, 2013 06:00:00 PM

Linas Kleiza won't play for the Raptors on Wednesday due to a sore knee.

His knee has been problematic all season and this should mean more minutes for Terrence Ross, among others.
Wed, Jan 2, 2013 07:45:00 PM

Linas Kleiza scored just two points with three rebounds and three assists in 19 minutes against the Rockets on Sunday.

Kleiza put up a 20-point, five-trey game on Friday, but not being able to string games together is nothing new for the Lithuanian. His surgically-repaired knee keeps him out of the lineup quite a bit and we'd shy away from keeping him on most fantasy rosters.
Sun, Dec 16, 2012 05:03:00 PM

Linas Kleiza returned from his right knee injury and scored 20 points with five rebounds and five 3-pointers in 30 minutes during Friday's win over the Mavericks.

Kleiza could do no wrong tonight and Dwane Casey gave him extended run at power forward. He had the ball in his hands quite a bit, but he didn't look to be at 100 percent since he was a little slow to get back in transition throughout the game. He's been in and out of the lineup for the past couple seasons, so owners in standard leagues might have a tough time cutting someone to pick up a guy that will likely be sidelined at some point in the near future.
Fri, Dec 14, 2012 10:52:00 PM

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