HoopsHype Jonas Valanciunas rumors

February 13, 2014 Updates

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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Sam Amick: Raptors exercise options on Jonas Valanciunas and Terrence Ross. Now on board through 2014-15. Put Jonas on your League Pass alert, FYI. Twitter @sam_amick

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So naturally, I wanted to put that theory to the test. Is that, in fact, the generally agreed upon totem pole these days? It doesn't appear to be the case. I asked six front-office executives, reached via text message and granted anonymity to inspire honesty and avoid tampering charges, to rank the best centers in the NBA. The results: Executive No. 1: Marc Gasol, Noah, Lopez, Hibbert, Howard, Omer Asik. Executive No. 2: Howard, Gasol, Noah, Hibbert, Cousins. Executive No. 3: Howard, Gasol, Hibbert, Noah, Andrew Bogut, Lopez, Tyson Chandler, Chris Bosh, Al Horford Executive No. 4: Noah, Gasol, Hibbert, Anderson Varejao, Howard Executive No. 5: Howard, Gasol, Nikola Pekovic, Noah, Lopez Executive No. 6: Howard, Lopez, Gasol, Tim Duncan, Noah, Cousins, Jonas Valanciunas. USA Today Sports

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Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas was officially named All-NBA Las Vegas Summer League MVP on Monday. Valanciunas was The Point Forward’s pick for MVP earlier this week after he averaged 18.8 points and 10 rebounds for Toronto. Joining Valanciunas on the All-NBA Las Vegas Summer League team were Bazemore, Bobcats guard Jeff Taylor, Bobcats forward Cody Zeller and Bucks forward John Henson. SI.com

July 19, 2013 Updates

“He reminds me of Jack Sikma,” Casey said, a big smile coming across his face as he launched into a story from the good old days. Sikma, a seven-time All-Star in the 1970s and 1980s, is remembered in coaching circles for the “Sikma move,” a face-up motion with the ball kept high in a flexible position that allows for a quick jumper or an up-and-under fake to set up a drive to the basket. SI.com

His biggest area of improvement, meanwhile, isn’t even technically a basketball skill. “His English is 10 times better than my Lithuanian,” Casey joked. “His English is so much better. Last year, I would be yelling at him and he would be like, ‘OK, coach.’ He had no clue what I was saying. … Now, he is understanding the NBA verbiage — floppy, tag, the everyday NBA words that you understand. He is learning those and that makes it easier and it makes for a quicker read, better communication in the flow of the game.” SI.com

July 9, 2013 Updates

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