Jonas Valanciunas RUMORS & NEWS

  • Raptors' Valanciunas OK with being on bench late in games

    Toronto Sun "The Raptors rabid fan base is far more concerned about Jonas Valanciunas’ fourth-quarter playing minutes than he is. Valanciunas confirmed that Monday when he was asked about his playing time in late-game situations. “No, I’m just doing my stuff,” Valanciunas said. “I am not frustrated...." February 04

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    RaptorsMR @RaptorsMR

    Jonas Valanciunas (sore left calf) is questionable for Friday's game at Sixers. Dwane Casey (flu) missed today's practice. #raptors #rtz

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    Toronto Raptors @Raptors

    . RT @raptorsmr: Jonas Valanciunas (right hand contusion) is out for @Raptors tonight at Boston. Bruno Caboclo moves to Active roster. #rtz

  • Raptors Exercise Team Options On Valanciunas And Ross "The Toronto Raptors announced Monday they have exercised the fourth-year team options on the Rookie Scale Contracts of centre Jonas Valanciunas and forward-guard Terrence Ross. The contracts for Valanciunas and Ross are now guaranteed through the 2015-16 season. In accordance with the league’s..." October 14

  • Raptors want Jonas Valanciunas to become best defender in the league

    National Post "The first chapter of the little-known self-help book, How To Win Over Your Defensive-Minded Coach, details some quick tips for gaining said affection. A key take away: Allowing the Sacramento Kings to score 113 points on 55% shooting in the second pretend game of the season will not endear a team..." October 12

  • Impaired Driving Charges Dropped Against Valanciunas "An impaired driving charge against Toronto Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas has been dropped, according to CP24. Valanciunas was arrested in April in Wasaga Beach, Ont., just prior to the start of the Raptors' first round playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets and charged with having more..." July 15

  • Judicial pre-trial scheduled for Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas

    Toronto Sun "A judicial pre-trial has been scheduled in the case of a Toronto Raptor charged for impaired driving. Jonas Valanciunas, 22, was charged by Huronia West OPP on April 7 with an over .80 blood-alcohol level. Police allege the Raptor centre drove a vehicle through a drive-thru restaurant in Wasaga..." May 29

  • Raptors' Valanciunas apologizes for DUI

    Toronto Sun "Jonas Valanciunas spent the day apologizing. He apologized to his teammates. He apologized to his general manager. He apologized to the president of the parent corporation. He even apologized to the chairman of the board of directors. What he didn’t do was address the media. That will come..." April 09

  • Raptor Jonas Valanciunas charged with drunk driving

    Toronto Star "Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas was arrested early Monday morning in Wasaga Beach and charged with drunk driving. According to an OPP release, open beer bottles were spotted in Valanciunas’ vehicle as he went through a drive-thru at 2:30 a.m. Police tracked the vehicle. After investigation,..." April 08

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    NEWSTALK1010 @newstalk1010

    BREAKING: @Raptors player Jonas Valanciunas has been charged with driving under the influence in Wasaga Beach.

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    RaptorsMR @RaptorsMR

    Valanciunas is active and back in the starting lineup tonight vs. OKC. #RTZ #Raptors

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    RaptorsMR @RaptorsMR

    Jonas Valanciunas is out tonight at New Orleans. He sustained a lower back sprain last night in Atlanta. #RTZ #Raptors

  • More growing pains for Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas

    Toronto Sun "Yes Jonas Valanciunas sat for the final 16 minutes of Tuesday’s win in Cleveland. No, he’s not in Dwane Casey’s doghouse. Like most young players, Valanciunas has been inconsistent as a sophomore, mixing some brilliant moments with bouts of ineffective play. Toronto’s head coach spent a..." February 27

  • Big rest for Raptors' Big V

    Toronto Sun "Jonas Valanciunas is headed to New Orleans for his first taste of the NBA all-star weekend, but it’s going to be a short visit. Valanciunas, who will take part in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night, will be in Mexico soaking up some sun by the time the next official game is played the..." February 13

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    RaptorsMR @RaptorsMR

    #Raptors announced they have exercised the third-year team options for centre Jonas Valanciunas and guard Terrence Ross

  • 'Hibbert' Technique Being Taught By Raptors To Valanciunas

    Real GM Basketball "The Toronto Raptors have worked extensively with Jonas Valanciunas on the "Hibbert" which is jumping vertically to challenge shooters instead of reaching. The Raptors are hoping Valanciunas gives them a strong interior presence on defense without succumbing to foul trouble. "He's far more..." October 15

  • Raptors look for big things from Valanciunas: ‘The ceiling is so high for him, man’

    National Post "With Jonas Valanciunas the hype was never going to sustain itself. As he starts his second year in the NBA the mystery of “that kid from Lithuania” is gone replaced by a known quantity. That is not a slam on Valanciunas’s rookie season; his play ranged from fine to good getting better as the..." October 03

  • Raptors' Big V hopes to factor in large

    Toronto Sun "Jonas Valanciunas had himself a pretty good summer. There was a dominant MVP-winning NBA Summer League performance for the Raptors in Las Vegas. Some solid warmup games for Lithuania where he flexed his offensive muscles along with a far more chiseled frame compared to his rookie NBA season and..." September 29

  • Casey To Change Raptors' Offense To Incorporate more Valanciunas

    Toronto Sun "The Raptors will have a new-look coaching staff and a new-look offence in 2013-14. The team announced further changes to Dwane Casey’s staff on Thursday. Bill Bayno has officially left the Minnesota Timberwolves and will focus on Toronto’s defence which slipped significantly last season a..." July 26

  • Raptors GM Masai Ujiri pleased with Jonas Valanciunas’s progress in summer league

    Toronto Star "There were questions about the only three Raptors who actually mattered when the summer league season began and now that they’ve endured the spotty officiating and hectic schedule and escaped without anyone suffering any debilitating injury there are questions that remain. Summer league is more..." July 24

  • Valanciunas turning heads in Summer League "From the moment Jonas Valanciunas walked into the Thomas and Mack Center, it was obvious that he was no longer a rookie. Despite this being his first Summer League experience and despite this being just the start of his second NBA season, Valanciunas strolled confidently through the arena..." July 16

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    Eric Smith @

    JV back tonight for Raptors ... Ross too

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    RaptorsMR @

    Valanciunas (sore neck) will not dress for tonight's game versus Chicago. Ross (sprained left ankle) is a gametime decision.

  • Valanciunas taken to hospital after Raps' win

    Toronto Sun "After a very tough night battling the likes of Carlos Boozer and, to a lesser extent, Nazr Mohammed, Jonas Valanciunas’ night ended on a stretcher. But it wasn’t the pounding he took from the Bulls big men that took him out. Rather it was an innocent-looking moment at the end of the game as..." April 10

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    Valanciunas sustained flexion extension injury to neck last night. Test results negative. To be reevaluated Thursday in Toronto.

  • Valanciunas, Lillard nab monthly rookie honors "The Toronto Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas and the Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard today were named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played in March. Valanciunas ranked first among Eastern Conference rookies in rebounds (7.3 rpg),..." April 06

  • Every minute counts for Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas

    Toronto Sun "In the school of hard knocks, there is no mercy, no opponent will ever give an inch and every mistake or misstep is exposed. Jonas Valanciunas is no exception, a rookie who is getting minutes and at times getting overmatched by the speed of the NBA and its elite players. More than any player..." March 20

  • Celtics tough on Valanciunas, top Raptors

    Toronto Sun "There haven’t been many nights when the Raptors looked this disjointed, so overmatched, unable to push back, prone to losing their cool. But along comes a night such as Wednesday and all sorts of flaws get exposed, beginning with internal leadership, followed by lack of discipline and it’s not..." March 14

  • Raptors coach loves Valanciunas' energy level

    Toronto Sun "Jonas Valanciunas is back among the starters and showing no signs of ever heading back to the bench. For the second game in a row, Valanciunas was a one-man generator with his non-stop energy. A 14-point, 13-rebound performance on Friday in an upset win over Indianapolis was his first..." February 12

  • Toronto Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas thrilled to see Arvydas Sabonis at Air Canada Centre

    Toronto Star "He sat in the front row of seats, just behind and off to the right of the Raptors bench like any other fan. He went basically unbothered as Toronto's win over the Houston Rockets unfolded at the Air Canada Centre on Sunday afternoon, a giant of a man crammed into a tiny arena seat just enjoying..." December 17

  • Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas faces a bench role despite promising start

    Toronto Star "All through the summer and into training camp and in the early portion of the NBA regular season, any mention of promising Raptors rookie Jonas Valanciunas came with one codicil: He will be good, team officials would say, with a chance to be very good but he is not now, and never will be, a..." December 07

  • Jonas Valanciunas fights through high altitude

    Toronto Sun "Chalk another first up for Jonas Valanciunas. But this time it wasn't some bruising or crafty big man that he can strike from his bucket list. This time it was the thin air in Denver, a mile above sea level and something he has never in his 20 years experienced before. And yes, the..." December 05

  • Get your shots in on Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas now

    Toronto Sun "Dwane Casey has a message for the rest of the NBA. Get yours while you can against Jonas Valanciunas. The opportunity isn't going to be there long. Three games into his NBA career, Valanciunas has a target on his back. Teams are looking up and down the Raptors roster, seeing a rookie..." November 06

  • Big V will be big with fans

    Toronto Sun "Just as Jonas Valanciunas began talking to a small gathering of reporters following practice on Tuesday afternoon, Raptors forward Amir Johnson wandered over and stuck a towel in his teammate's face, the towel playing the part of a tape recorder. "What's it like playing with Amir Johnson?" Amir..." October 31

  • Jonas Valanciunas and Andrea Bargnani give Raptors twin towers

    Toronto Star "It is a relative embarrassment of riches for the Raptors, two seven footers with disparate but complementary skills, a Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside, a rookie and a veteran, a couple of cornerstones upon whom so much of the future rides. They will likely line up beside each other Wednesday night..." October 31

  • Raptors' Kyle Lowry can't wait to play pick-and-roll with Jonas Valancuinas, Andrea Bargnani

    Toronto Star "Kyle Lowry is about to be unleashed and he cannot wait. Having watched the first three Raptors pre-season games thanks to a balky groin, the point guard in his first year with the franchise is expected to play Wednesday night at home against Washington. That courtside seat has given him a good..." October 16

  • Valanciunas' makes Raptors' debut; team loses to Pistons 101 to 99 in preseason play

    Raptors HQ "That was pretty fun. For a preseason game between two teams that are hardly playoff locks, last night's tilt between the Detroit Pistons and Toronto Raptors was one of the more enjoyable "fake" games I've seen in a while. For starters it was incredibly close, especially in the second-half,..." October 11

  • Toronto Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas suffers calf strain but injury not believed to be serious

    Toronto Star "Dwane Casey could feel the lump growing in his throat when he was a weekend NBA coaches retreat and got an email saying prized rookie Jonas Valanciunas had felt "something pop" in is left leg when the 7-footer took a routine jump shot in a routine workout Saturday. The Raptors coach knows all..." September 24

  • Lithuania hot for Raptors' 'Big V'

    Toronto Sun "Apparently, Raptors' draft pick Jonas Valanciunas' 26 point performance in a 94-73 victory over the Czech Republic on Saturday was a Lithuanian national team record for points scored in a senior team debut. Valanciunas was MVP as Lithuania took the gold at the recent FIBA Under-19 world..." August 10

  • Valanciunas dominates at U19 tournament "So Jonas Valanciunas dominated the U19 FIBA Championships, winning gold and the MVP award with 23-14-3 averages and people are surprised? He similarly dominated the U18 tournament last year, won the MVP then, too, and looked just unchallenged as Lithuania waltzed to the gold medal after a week of..." July 13

  • Raptors draft pick sharp against U.S.

    Toronto Sun "Many Raptors fans were in hysterics when Jonas Valanciunas' name was called at the NBA Draft last Thursday because they had never seen him play. A whole bunch of them got their first look at the big Lithuanian on Tuesday afternoon and it was hard not to be impressed, even if he wasn't exactly..." June 29

  • Raptors top pick Valanciunas eager to work on defensive skills

    Toronto Star "Jonas Valanciunas speaks and somewhere, Dwane Casey smiles. The newest Raptor hit town Friday a day after being taken fifth overall in the NBA draft and when asked to explain his game, he spoke words that will make coach Casey sit up and take notice. "I like pick and roll, I like working on..." June 25

  • Raptors' Davis gives Big V advice

    Toronto Sun "Raptors power forward Ed Davis and the Raptors' 2011 first-round pick, Jonas Valanciunas, have similar tasks ahead of them. Both are promising NBA players, Davis a little further along that path based on the season under his belt, but both require a bit of a body overhaul. Valanciunas will..." June 25

  • Colangelo gambles as Raptor fans grimace

    Toronto Star "Dwane Casey said he was "shocked." And maybe that was a good way to characterize the state of being of a lot of the folks who follow the Raptors on Thursday night. In a week that had already seen Casey, the newly installed and defensive-minded head coach, tell of his plan to build a..." June 24

  • Top draft pick worth the wait, Raptors say

    Toronto Star "The promise was too much to pass up, the skills too diverse to ignore, and if takes a year for the Raptors to find out exactly what they got in the NBA draft then they are more than willing to wait. In a bold move more for the future than any he's ever made, president and general manager Bryan..." June 24

  • A gutsy Colangelo pick

    Toronto Sun "Say this about Bryan Colangelo, no one will ever accuse him of lacking guts. On Thursday night at the NBA Draft, the Raptors' general manager eschewed local cries for the likes of Brandon Knight, Kemba Walker and Bismack Biyombo and instead elected to take young, Lithuanian big man Jonas..." June 24

  • Raptors will be patient with Valanciunas

    Toronto Sun "Bryan Colangelo is willing to be patient. He is clearly not concerned with appearances or outside opinions. The man who seems to be continually defending himself for selecting Andrea Bargnani first overall even five years after the fact, put himself right back in the crosshairs of the Don..." June 24