Jonas Valanciunas said that he needs to get better defensively in order to earn more minutes in Toronto.
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.
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.
The Toronto Raptors have reportedly signed Jonas Valanciunas to a contract extension.
Jonas Valanciunas and the Raptors are reportedly close to a contract extension and could have an agreement as early as this week.
The Raptors and Jonas Valanciunas are discussing a four-year extension near $60 million.
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.
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.
Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri said that Jonas Valanciunas is still a "huge part of our team."
The Toronto Raptors will reportedly explore an an extension with Jonas Valanciunas.
Jonas Valanciunas scored 18 points against the Hornets on Wednesday with five boards and one assist.
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.
Jonas Valanciunas fouled out in 10 minutes against the Heat on Saturday, finishing with four points, three rebounds and one turnover.
Jonas Valanciunas played 36 minutes against the Nets on Friday with 21 points, nine boards, one steal and one block.