• by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas working on face-up game

    Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas has been working this offseason to add a face-up element to his offensive game, the Toronto Sun reports.His consistently strong free throw percentages shows that Valanciunas has a good shot, he just needs to learn to recognize how to set it up from the floor and when he can use it effectively.Regardless of how much he improves though, the center figures to remain a secondary option in an offense dominated by the backcourt tandem of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Raptors sign C Jonas Valanciunas to contract extension

    The Raptors have insured that emerging center Jonas Valanciunas will be sticking around for a while by signing him to a four-year extension worth $64 million, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The 23-year-old Valanciunas boasts a career .553 shooting percentage. He peaked last season at 57.2 percent and averaged a career-high 12.0 points a game while leading the team at 8.7 rebounds and 1.2 blocked shots. Valenciunas also averaged 11.3 points and 9.3 rebounds in four playoff games.

  • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

    Raptors GM: Valanciunas, Ross key to team's future

    Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri offered a vote of confidence toward a couple of the team's young players on Tuesday, center Jonas Valanciunas and forward Terrence Ross."We love their upside," Ujiri said, per the Toronto Sun. "Everybody says, 'When is Terrence going to get to the line, when is Terrence …?" Well, you know what, Terrence is a great shooter. He fell back on defense a little bit, but we felt that he started getting it back together. And then Jonas started, I think, protecting the rim a little bit better and rebounding a little bit better, especially defensively, so there's upside, it takes a while, you guys know me, there's no knee-jerk reaction here, we're going to be patient. I think that's going to be our nature of building here."In 2014-15, Ross averaged 9.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.8 field goals per game. Valanciunas totaled 693 rebounds and shot 57.2 percent from the field, which ranked second in the league.

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas notches double-double Sunday

    Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to record a double-double during Sunday's 106-89 victory over the Knicks on Sunday. Valanciunas shot 6 of 12 from field and added two assists and one block. He has recorded a double-double in three of the last four games.

  • by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer

    Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas posts double-double Wednesday

    Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas scored 15 points on 7 of 9 shooting from the field in Toronto's 105-100 win over the Timberwolves Wednesday. The big man also pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds, leading to his second straight double-double and 20th overall on the season. The Lithuanian also added one assist and one block to his totals.

  • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    Jonas Valanciunas to return to Raptors lineup on Sunday

    Jonas Valanciunas missed Friday's Raptors game to be with his wife, who gave birth to a baby boy the day before. Valanciunas will return to the Raptors for Sunday's game against the Trail Blazers. Valanciunas is averaging 12.0 points and 8.6 rebounds in 63 games this season.

  • by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer

    Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas will not play Friday

    Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas will not play in Friday's game after his son was born Thursday, the team has announced. Valanciunas is averaging 12.0 points and 8.6 rebounds in 63 games this season. Chuck Hayes or Patrick Patterson will likely replace Valanciunas in the lineup. The Raptors are currently 5-point favorites Friday.

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    LeBron on Valanciunas' flagrant foul: I've got to 'protect myself' more

    When asked if the Cavaliers should have retaliated after a hard foul he suffered by Raptors big man Jonas Valanciunas, LeBron James seemed open to the idea in order to "curb opponents' behavior" moving forward, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group. "Maybe I've got to protect myself a little more too," James said after Wednesday's 120-112 victory over Toronto. James was taken down by the neck by Valanciunas on his way to the rim with 18.8 seconds remaining in the third quarter of Cleveland's win. Valanciunas, who was assessed with a Flagrant One foul, reached over to help James back up from the floor, but the Cavaliers star swatted his arm away, refusing help from the opponent. "Obviously (Valanciunas) was trying to send a message because he had been getting beat all day on the pick-and-roll, and it happens, but it's just bull(crap) and it ain't cool," James' new teammate Kendrick Perkins said after the game.

  • by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer

    Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas posts double-double in losing effort

    Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas scored 26 points on 12 of 17 shooting from the field in Toronto's 120-112 loss to the Cavaliers Wednesday. Valanciunas also grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds, leading to his 18th double-double of the year and first in his last five games. Valanciunas also added two blocks and one assist to his totals.

  • by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

    Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas picks up double-double on Monday

    Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas posted a double-double on Monday against the Pelicans. Valanciunas shot 5-10 from the field. He hit seven of his 10 free throws, finishing with 17 points. Valanciunas was active on the boards, pulling down 14 rebounds. He also added two steals and one assist.