Jonas Valanciunas Rumors

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Jonas Valanciunas
Jonas Valanciunas
Position: C
Born: 05/06/92
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:231 lbs. / 104.8 kg.
Salary: $4,660,482
Valanciunas did not have the breakout season that the Raptors hoped, and looked overmatched against Washington’s Marcin Gortat and Nene. His development came in fits and starts, and his place in the modern NBA is uncertain, given the abundance of fast guards and small lineups. Still, from a pure supply-and-demand perspective, Valanciunas is extremely valuable: a 7-footer who can protect the rim, score in the post and hit his free throws. The Raptors will likely explore extending him.
via National Post
As the series renders Valanciunas’s skill set less than integral, though, it is difficult not to project forward a bit. The Raptors can offer Valanciunas a contract extension any time before Oct. 31. The obvious reference point would be the four-year, US$53-million contract the Magic gave Nikola Vucevic in the off-season. Vucevic is a worse rim protector than Valanciunas is, but they are similarly limited defensively.
via National Post