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Jonas Valanciunas | Center

Team: Toronto Raptors
Age / DOB:  (23) / 5/6/1992
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 240
College: None
Contract: view contract details

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Jonas Valanciunas said he's working on extending his range on offense.
It's not really a surprise with 86.6 percent of JV's shots last year coming from inside the paint. He is a solid free throw shooter at 78.6 percent last year to go with a respectable 43.4 percent on his jumpers. Shot location isn't the issue because Valanciunas just needs minutes. He could be a very nice pick in the late-middle rounds with a very high ceiling. Aug 21 - 7:43 PM
Source: Toronto Sun

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Jonas Valanciunas said that he needs to get better defensively in order to earn more minutes in Toronto.

"It depends on me," Valanciunas said. "I’ve got to get better defensively, that’s what we’re doing. I think the national team is going to help me prepare for the season. I’m going to come back to Toronto in September ready." He only played 26.2 minutes per game last season, as Raptors head coach Dwane Casey went with smaller lineups to finish games because of Valanciunas' defensive struggles. He still has a ton of upside and posted averages of 12.0 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.2 blocks on 57.2 percent shooting from the field, so he is worth a mid-round pick in fantasy drafts.
Source: Toronto Sun
Aug 21 - 9:27 AM

Jonas Valanciunas stated during Thursday's presser that he understands his playing time won't go up until he gets better on defense, so he's been spending time this offseason to work on that part of his game.

The most frustrating part of owning Valanciunas is that head coach Dwane Casey consistently benches him during the fourth quarter, which has kept his minutes under the 30 minute mark for the past two seasons. Jonas' per-36-minutes numbers are enticing at 16.5 points, 11.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game, so if he is able to earn Casey's trust this upcoming season, he could make for a mid-round steal on draft day. Additionally, Jonas said that he is healthy after tweaking his hip/groin area during one of Lithuania's friendly games, so it doesn't sound like that will be an issue moving forward.
Aug 20 - 4:29 PM

Updating a previous report, Jonas Valanciunas' extension with the Raptors will reportedly be for $64 million over four years, with a player option on the fourth year.

Valanciunas averaged 12.0 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game last season on 57.2 percent shooting from the field and 78.6 percent from the stripe over 26.2 minutes. He's not a guy that is going to put up monster numbers, but his ability to swat away some shots without really hurting you in any one category gives him mid-round upside, and that's where he should be targeted on draft day.
Aug 20 - 3:25 PM

The Toronto Raptors have reportedly signed Jonas Valanciunas to a contract extension.

Josh Lewenberg of TSN reports that the deal is done and could be announced as soon as Thursday. We'll pass along terms of the contract when they become available, but this deal will lock up the big man well in advance of the October 31 deadline. Valanciunas hasn't been the most consistent player over his career, but he's work a mid-round pick in fantasy drafts as he's still just 23 years old.
Aug 20 - 1:43 PM

Jonas Valanciunas and the Raptors are reportedly close to a contract extension and could have an agreement as early as this week.

The two sides have until October 31 to agree to an extension, but Josh Lewenberg of TSN is reporting that a deal could happen as soon as this week. While Valanciunas hasn't quite lived up to fantasy owners' expectations, he's still just 23 years old and is a solid mid-round target in standard league drafts.
Aug 18 - 12:18 PM

The Raptors and Jonas Valanciunas are discussing a four-year extension near $60 million.

He's due for an extension before the season or else the Raptors would have to put him in the open market next summer. Valanciunas had some ups and downs, but now the team has even more invested in him with Amir Johnson in Boston. He's a bit of a post-hype target in the middle rounds of drafts.
Aug 17 - 5:51 PM

Jonas Valanciunas tweaked his hip/groin playing in a game for the Lithuanian National team on Wednesday, and was forced to leave the exhibition after just 19 minutes of action.

To be clear, the injury seems very minor as Jonas himself was quoted saying "nothing severe happened," and was reportedly feeling "great" after the game. Lithuania has a three games in three nights set coming up, so we'll be watching to see if he's limited in any of those outings. Jonas doesn't have a history of dealing with hip or groin injuries, and currently there's nothing suggesting that this injury will keep him from being 100 percent when training camp opens up.
Aug 16 - 4:08 PM

Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said that the Raptors need Jonas Valanciunas for his size, but he hinted that he could continue to bench him late in games because the league is going smaller.

"The league is going smaller, but as long as the goal is at 10 feet, size is going to matter," Casey said. "You still got to have size. At the end of games, the trend is to go smaller. Threes are fours, fours are fives, and your roster has to fit that. Adding DeMarre [Carroll] gives us that flexibility. He can play some at the four, with [Luis] Scola or Patrick Patterson at the five. We're better equipped to play that way now than we were a year ago." Valanciunas only averaged 26.2 minutes per game last season, so it looks like his upside will continue to be capped until Casey finally decides to unleash him.
Jul 18 - 12:47 PM

Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri said that Jonas Valanciunas is still a "huge part of our team."

"We can criticize Jonas all we want, and it’s a big discussion we’re going to have with coach and staff," Ujiri said. "How he was used and how he is used. Those guys are hard to find. You can scour around the world and try to find those Jonas, or big guys like that. It also takes time. We understand that. But we feel he got better and he got better at rim protecting, his feet got a little bit better. He got a little more confident in the post. He got better rebounding defensively. I think it’s gradual with big guys. It takes time and he’s going to be a big part of our building." Valanciunas only averaged 26.2 minutes per game this season (2 full minutes lower than the 2013-14 season), but it sounds like his role will start to increase, making him worth a mid-round selection in fantasy drafts in the 2015-16 season.
Source: Toronto Sun
Apr 29 - 9:15 AM

The Toronto Raptors will reportedly explore an an extension with Jonas Valanciunas.

Valanciunas will enter the fourth year of his rookie contract in 2015-16 and the Raptors have until October 31 to sign him to an extension. While the 22 year-old hasn't developed as as quickly as the Raptors would have liked, he's still a rare skilled big man and will likely be kept in the fold. While inconsistent, JV averaged 12.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks while shooting 57.2 percent from the field this season, so he's well worth a mid-round fantasy pick for the 2015-16 season.
Apr 28 - 9:55 AM

Jonas Valanciunas scored 18 points against the Hornets on Wednesday with five boards and one assist.

Surprisingly, he was the first player in Raptors history to start in more than 80 games in consecutive seasons. Valanciunas wasn't a big letdown this year on the whole, but his handful of nightmare games will draw some negative attention. He'll need to avoid those in the postseason.
Apr 15 - 10:13 PM

Jonas Valanciunas, who fouled out in 10 minutes on Saturday, finished Tuesday's 93-95 loss in Boston with 10 points (4-of-8 FGs, 2-of-4 FTs), eight rebounds, one steal and two blocks.

JV also committed four turnovers and four personal fouls in the loss. He'll need to clean up his foul trouble to improve his fantasy valuation next season, not to mention aid the Raptors' playoff chances -- the third-year player is averaging 3.8 fouls per 36 minutes.
Apr 14 - 10:40 PM

Jonas Valanciunas fouled out in 10 minutes against the Heat on Saturday, finishing with four points, three rebounds and one turnover.

He missed both attempts from the foul line, so this is probably his worst game of the season. The Raptors are off until Tuesday, so it's probably time to drop him for owners in daily season-long leagues.
Apr 11 - 9:35 PM

Jonas Valanciunas played 36 minutes against the Nets on Friday with 21 points, nine boards, one steal and one block.

It was an awesome game on the offensive side, but not so much on defense. Valanciunas should have more room to operate if Amir Johnson (ankle) is going to need to miss time. He should be a top-10 center going forward and possibly a top-30 guy overall thanks to a high upside. He's also very hot on offense with four straight games of at least 15 points.
Apr 4 - 12:54 AM

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SF1DeMarre Carroll
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PF1Patrick Patterson
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C1Jonas Valanciunas
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