HoopsHype Jonas Valanciunas rumors

October 1, 2012 Updates
September 24, 2012 Updates

Organizations love it when their prized players show up early to workout and get ready for the season before they have to. However, the last thing any coach wants to hear in September is that a prized player was injured at one of those workouts. On Saturday, the Toronto Raptors rookie center, Jonas Valanciunas, scared head coach Dwane Casey and just about everyone else connected to the organization. “It scared me because I was at the NBA head coaches meeting in Chicago and I get this email that he (Valanciunas) heard something pop,” said Casey. “He was here Saturday morning shooting with (assistant coach) Scott Roth and he went up to go into his shot and he felt something pop and your first thought is it’s his Achilles tendon.” HoopsWorld

September 23, 2012 Updates

With training camp still a week away, prized Raptors prospect Jonas Valanciunas has injured his left foot. While the team said a full update likely wouldn't be coming until Monday, Valanciunas does not appear to be seriously injured, though he was photographed in a walking boot outside the ACC this weekend. Valanciunas, like most basketball players, has had minor ankle issues in the past and walking boots are known to speed up recovery from minor sprains and strains. Toronto Sun

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Valanciunas has not made much of an impact for Lithuania so far at these Games. This is a far cry from what he did in Eurobasket, when he played 15.7 minutes, averaged 8.4 points and 4.1 rebounds, and had 18 points on 8-for-9 shooting in a stellar game against Serbia. Sporting News

Coming off the bench, and without the prospect of beginning his NBA career in less than two months, Valanciunas seemed to put less pressure on himself to produce last year. Now, he is pressing. Beyond that, Kemzura said, Valanciunas still needs a lot of work. “It is like with most big men who have no experience,” Kemzura said. “First he must get bigger and stronger. He must be able to hold his position and he needs strength for this. Second, he needs better post moves. He is still learning basics. He will play with his back to the basket when he is older. But now, he must learn. He needs to learn these things, and he will, but he will need time. He has a lot of work to do.” Sporting News

July 18, 2012 Updates
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Doug Smith: #Raptors minor deal of James Johnson complete; sources say Valanciunas signed in "next couple of days." Story at http://thestar.com soon Twitter

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If Valanciunas would have been picked in the 2012 Draft last week, after playing the season with Lietuvos Rytas in Lithuania? "I'd say he goes 2," one general manager said recently. "If he's in the Draft based on his body of work over the last 12 months, then I think he goes 2." "I think No. 2," another executive said. "He was 5 last year, and you could say this is a stronger Draft class (in 2012). But considering his size and how hard he plays, and that he's been playing professional basketball another year, it certainly wouldn't be any lower than he was last year." NBA.com

July 2, 2012 Updates
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Mark Jones: Raptors quietly hoping Valenciunas not in Olympics. Raps source "he needs to get into NBA mode in summer league.its a big adjustment for him" Twitter

June 27, 2012 Updates

It might make more sense for Toronto to make a trade for a variety of reasons. With Lithuanian centre Jonas Valanciunas — last year’s No. 5 pick — coming next season and Colangelo committed to an “accelerated” building process, adding another rookie might be a sideways step. “Jonas coming in is going to be one rookie to get on the floor, I know coach (Dwane Casey) likes Ed (Stefanski) and I but if we put two rookies out there and say play them and try to really work these guys in and develop them on a fast track, that’s probably a little bit counter to this acceleration idea that we want to really move forward,” Colangelo said Tuesday Toronto Star

June 26, 2012 Updates

Stefanski, general manager Bryan Colangelo, head coach Dwane Casey and director of sports science Alex McKechnie went to Houston this weekend to watch Valanciunas, the fifth pick from last year’s draft, and small forward Linas Kleiza take part in Lithuania’s camp in advance of next week’s Olympic qualification tournament in Venezuela. “There could have been a foul called on every bounce of the ball. This kid didn’t back down once. That’s what I like about him most: He doesn’t back down against older men who are pushing and shoving and hitting him.” National Post

June 25, 2012 Updates

Details of Valanciunas' buyout for Lietuvos Rytas aren't solved yet. "I hope that everything will be okay - there's no conflict between us. I get a lot of positive attention from Raptors. People care about me. Right now they are here, they talk with me, show interest. That makes me think positive and I can't wait to test myself in the NBA. I had supper with Raptors representatives, we talked about things which were discussed before - only now we talked about all the details," said Valančiūnas, who also says that he feels very welcome. ATN.lt

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