Jonas Valanciunas RUMORS & NEWS

  • Valanciunas a game-time decision for Game 4

    TSN "After a dramatic Game 3 victory Saturday, the Toronto Raptors might be getting back one of their top players for Monday's Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Centre Jonas Valanciunas was upgraded to a game-time decision Monday morning, according to ESPN's..." May 23

  • Report: Raptors' Valanciunas out for Game 3, rest of series in doubt

    CBS Sports "Things are grim for the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference finals. Not only are they struggling to even be within striking distance of the Cleveland Cavaliers, but we don't even know if their center Jonas Valanciunas will even get to participate in the series. He's been out since the middle..." May 20

  • Raptors make it official, Jonas Valanciunas out for Game 1

    Pro Basketball Talk "We knew this was coming, Raptors coach Dwane Casey already said as much and added Game 2 could be the same. But now it is official via the Raptors, no Jonas Valanciunas for Toronto in Game 1 against Cleveland Tuesday night. The Raptors odds of winning a game in this series drop steeply..." May 17

  • Jonas Valanciunas unlikely to play in first two games of conference finals

    Sportsnaut "The Toronto Raptors head into their Eastern Conference Finals matchup with the Cleveland Raptors a battered and tired team, having gone the full seven in their first two series. Starting center Jonas Valanciunas is the most noteworthy injury for the Raptors. He missed the final four games of..." May 16

  • Whiteside and Valanciunas out for Game 7

    Raptors Republic "No centers for Game 7 *Jonas Valanciunas’ status hasn’t changed. “I don’t think so..I would say not,” Casey said, adding that he’s “nowhere close to being ready.” And Hassan Whiteside’s doesn’t sound like it has either, with him telling Ethan Skolnick he won’t play in Game 7, though he will..." May 14

  • Why losing Valanciunas would significantly hurt Raptors

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Raptors should be feeling pretty good after managing to hold on for a 95-91 win over the Miami Heat on Saturday to take a 2-1 series advantage. Kyle Lowry appeared to have re-discovered his all-star form, the defence remained stout and the Raptors were able to survive a vintage..." May 08

  • Raptors’ Jonas Valanciunas ruled out for remainder series against Heat

    Toronto Star "The Toronto Raptors have suffered a significant loss in their bid to beat the Miami Heat in the NBA Eastern Conference semifinal. Centre Jonas Valanciunas has been ruled out for the remainder of the series, the team announced Sunday, after suffering a sprained right ankle in Saturday’s..." May 08

  • Jonas Valanciunas leaves Game 3 with ankle sprain

    Raptors Republic "Oh no. Oh boy. Early in the third quarter on Saturday, Jonas Valanciunas hit the floor under his own basket holding his right ankle in pain. He seemed to land awkwardly, landing on Dwyane Wade’s foot as he came down from contesting (and fouling) on a layup attempt. He immediately went to the..." May 07

  • Paul George: Jonas Valanciunas grabbed my throat, sparking tussle

    ESPN "Pacers forward Paul George took exception to Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas getting too physical with him down low during the fourth quarter of Indiana's 100-83 win in Game 4 on Saturday afternoon. With 5:03 remaining in the game, George and Valanciunas jostled in the paint as Pacers..." April 24

  • Valanciunas the centre of attention as Raptors even series with Pacers

    Toronto Star "The immediacy of the times, the impatience of people, the desire everyone has for instant gratification irks Dwane Casey like little else — and never more when the subject is Jonas Valanciunas. Be patient, Casey demands. Don’t expect greatness before it’s time. Cut the kid some slack because he..." April 19

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    Ryan Wolstat @WolstatSun

    Valanciunas and Patterson back for Raptors tonight.

  • Raptors' Valanciunas available vs. Magic, not expected to play

    The Score "" March 20

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    RaptorsMR @RaptorsMR

    Jonas Valanciunas will start tonight at Denver. He was originally listed as questionable with a sprained right thumb. #rtz

  • Jonas Valanciunas sprains thumb, listed as questionable for tonight's game in Denver

    Raptors HQ "The title says it all. Apparently Jonas Valanciunas of the Raptors has sprained his thumb. While the young big man practised with the team, he's listed as questionable for tonight's game in Denver. As per the Toronto Star's Chris O'Leary I wager that Jonas plays in the game, at least in some..." February 01

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    Ryan Wolstat @WolstatSun

    Casey says Valanciunas will play against Bulls tomorrow

  • Jonas Valanciunas Cleared To Return To Practice

    Real GM Basketball "Jonas Valanciunas has been cleared to return to practice following an examination this morning by Dr. Brent Graham at Toronto Western Hospital. Valanciunas has been sidelined the past 15 games after he sustained a fractured fourth metacarpal in his left hand during the second quarter November..." December 21

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    Ryan Wolstat @WolstatSun

    Per @Mike_Ganter Valanciunas and Carroll will see doctors next week hoping for clearance for contact practices.

  • Jonas Valanciunas to miss six weeks with fractured hand

    Larry Brown Sports "Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas suffered a fractured left hand against the Lakers on Friday, and now he might not see the floor again until the 2016 calendar year. According to a report by Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports on Sunday, Valanciunas is expected to miss about six weeks with the..." November 23

  • Sources: Raptors C Jonas Valanciunas opts for rehab instead of hand surgery

    Yahoo! Sports "After undergoing further tests on Saturday, Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas will bypass surgery on the fracture in his left hand, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Valanciunas suffered the injury in the fourth metacarpal in his non-shooting hand during Friday’s win against the Los..." November 22

  • Raptors’ Valanciunas breaks bone in left hand

    Sportsnet "Toronto Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas broke a bone in his left hand on Friday night in a game against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Raptors announced on their Twitter account that X-rays revealed a fracture of the fourth metacarpal and he is expected to undergo further tests. The tweet also..." November 21

  • Raptors, Jonas Valanciunas Agree To Extension Deal

    Hoops Rumors "The deal is official, the Raptors announced (Twitter link). It’s worth $64MM over four years with a player option on the fourth year, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports (Twitter links). Bonuses could bring the total value to $70MM, Wojnarowski also indicates. “Jonas’ contributions..." August 21

  • Jonas Valanciunas, Raptors close to four-year, $60 million extension

    CBS Sports "Jonas Valanciunas is one of those divisive players. He's still young (23), has great size and shows promise on both ends. But his defensive inconsistency cost him the ability to finish games and was a major liability in an area of need for Toronto. He lacks consistency and has very few games per..." August 18

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    Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

    ESPN sources say Valanciunas extension is not done but sides are in advanced discussions on four-year pact worth in excess of $60 million

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    Doug Smith: Raptors @SmithRaps

    Trying to confirm Lithuania report Raptors to sign Valanciunas to contract extension; if I get it before 5:30 ET flight, we'll let you know

  • Jonas Valanciunas tweaks hip playing for Lithuania, says it’s not serious

    Pro Basketball Talk "This is not the sight Toronto Raptors fans wanted to see in Jonas Valanciunas‘ first game for Lithuania this summer — him grabbing his leg in pain after slipping on a wet part of the floor. Fortunately, it turned out not to be serious according to Valanciunas himself, who was joking about the..." August 16

  • Do Raptors view Jonas Valanciunas worthy of max extension?

    CBS Sports "In a wide-ranging piece on next year's extension candidates coming off their rookie contracts, Zach Lowe of describes the situation the Raptors face with center Jonas Valanciunas. In a nutshell, Valanciunas isn't worth a max contract -- at least in Toronto's eyes -- but in the..." August 04

  • 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

    TSN "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

    Sportsnet "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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