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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
Q: You decided to sign a four-year, $64 million contract extension last summer. Why not wait until this summer when you could have gotten more money with the new TV contract kicking in? A: I’m happy. I got four more years. My head is clear. I’m fighting for the second round right now. I’m not thinking about my contract or anything else. I’m just thinking about basketball and concentrating on the court, not the things that go on in the offices and the paperwork. I’m happy where I am now.
Q: What facets of your game have improved the most? A: My footwork, my quickness, my ability to be lighter and quicker on my feet and my ability to know what my opponents are doing. But those are things I also feel like I need to keep working at and continuing to get better at. Q: You’ve been working a lot with Jack Sikma. What has he been able to teach you? A: Footwork in the low post to get your opponent adjusting. How he’s playing you — is he close, is he far away? — and which move you should use.
So it made the Toronto Raptors coach proud to sit at the Air Canada Centre podium on Monday, with a hugely significant victory in the franchise’s history sewn up, to laud the seven-foot Lithuanian work-in-progress. “Everybody wanted that kid to be a superstar when he first got here but he wasn’t ready,” Casey said after Valanciunas led the Raptors to a 98-87 win over the Indiana Pacers to even their best-of-seven NBA Eastern Conference playoff series at a game apiece. “Nobody comes into this league and sets it on fire, it’s very rare when you do. He’s grown, he’s developed, he’s worked his behind off and I’m really proud of him. It makes me feel good to see him develop like that.”