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: $15,000,000
The Grizzlies’ 133-84 win in Houston saw the bench score 85 points, a franchise record. The margin of victory? Also the most in franchise history. It was also a sweet homecoming for Justise Winslow as the Houston native scored a season-high and team-high 20 points off the bench. Even better, the Grizzlies (15-15) won big despite just 12 combined points from Ja Morant and Jonas Valanciunas.
Kings coach Luke Walton said Memphis Grizzlies center Jonas Valanciunas made a dangerous play when he threw Chimezie Metu to the floor following a fourth-quarter dunk Sunday night in Sacramento. Walton used a different word to describe Valanciunas’ actions after learning Metu will be out at least four weeks with a broken right wrist. “I thought it was a dirty play — still do,” Walton said. “Don’t see how that’s anything resembling a basketball motion or movement. Watched it a lot since and just disappointed.”
The Kings were baffled by the NBA’s ruling after general manager Monte McNair discussed the incident with the league office earlier this week. Game officials gave Valanciunas a technical foul but determined no flagrant foul had occurred. After reviewing the altercation, league officials concurred, an NBA spokesman told The Sacramento Bee.

Kings baffled by NBA ruling

The Kings were baffled by the NBA’s ruling after general manager Monte McNair discussed the incident with the league office earlier this week. Game officials gave Valanciunas a technical foul but determined no flagrant foul had occurred. After reviewing the altercation, league officials concurred, an NBA spokesman told The Sacramento Bee. “In-game, the referees ruled the act to be a dead ball physical taunt and assessed an unsportsmanlike technical foul,” the spokesman said. “Upon league office review, we agree with how it was adjudicated on court.”
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Walton said he was disappointed in the league’s response, saying the NBA would have imposed harsher penalties if LeBron James or another star player had been thrown to the floor under similar circumstances. “I don’t think that’s much of a question,” Walton said. “I feel like that’s a certainty more than anything else. It’s player safety. That’s what this league is all about now. It’s come a long way since the 80s, but I think anyone who saw that play knows that it would be different if it was someone else hanging on the rim trying to land safely.”