HoopsHype Jonas Valanciunas rumors

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I will say this, though: I’ve seen him out for dinner a handful of times over the course of the season, the most recently being at an upscale joint in Cleveland the last time we were there and I don’t recall ever seeing him with a beer or even a glass of wine in front of him. Look, it is what it is, as they say: A young kid, for whatever reason, made a stupid mistake and will pay for him, just like lots of young kids and old men do. It is a bad thing he did, no question about it. Toronto Star

It was a serious mistake by a young kid who’s otherwise comported himself well in the couple of years we’ve known him. And I’m not sure he should be treated any differently than anyone in the same circumstances. I do think in many ways athletes need to handle themselves in a higher manner than regular folks but when they slip – and they invariably do – I think they should be handled in exactly the same way as you or I. Toronto Star

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Did the NBA move too quickly in eliminating the center position on the All-Star ballot? At least one NBA executive believes so. "I wouldn't call it a renaissance because they don't play the position quite the same way, but the position is stocked with young quality players," he said, ticking off Andre Drummond, DeMarcus Cousins, DeAndre Jordan and Jonas Valanciunas coming up behind Joakim Noah, Dwight Howard, Brook Lopez, Al Jefferson, Roy Hibbert and Marc Gasol. Bleacher Report

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Head coach Dwane Casey wouldn’t quibble about his 1-of-9 shooting in the game, saying the effort was there. If anything, he thought his sophomore centre might have been trying too hard. But Casey was not about to say Valanciunas couldn’t use the break in the schedule that comes with the all-star weekend. “He needs a rest,” Casey said. “He needs a mental rest. Again, he was trying. I thought he did a good job of rebounding but he couldn’t buy a bucket. But he did an excellent job of using his length against them getting rebounds.” Toronto Sun

February 12, 2014 Updates

The Cavaliers could've had Kyrie Irving and Toronto center Jonas Valanciunas in the 2011 draft class, but Grant balked on using the fourth overall pick on the center everyone else would've selected there. Several reasons factored in, but there had been a strong belief within the Cavaliers personnel department that Grant hadn't scouted Valanciunas hard enough to gain full confidence in his abilities. Cleveland's international scouts raved about the 7-footer, and most of the Cleveland's staff agreed with them, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

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GMs are even more interested in trying to pry away Jonas Valanciunas and Amir Johnson, I'm told. Valanciunas is virtually untouchable, and it would take a pretty high draft pick to pry away Johnson, who is playing the best ball of his career right now (averaging 20 points and nine rebounds in his past five games). ESPN.com

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