Valanciunas (ankle) has agreed to a three-year, $45 million contract to remain with the Grizzlies, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. In the trade that sent Marc Gasol to the Raptors, the Grizzlies acquired Valanciunas. He saw a huge uptick in role once in Memphis, seeing his usage rate climb above 30 percent for the first time in his career. The 27-year-old is expected to start in the frontcourt next to Jaren Jackson. That duo, along with No. 2 overall pick Ja Morant, will help usher in a new youth movement for the Grizzlies, who dealt veteran point guard Mike Conley to the Jazz earlier in the offseason.
Valanciunas (ankle) is expected to sign a three-year, $45 million extension with the Grizzlies, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Valanciunas declined his player option with Memphis a couple weeks ago and is taking a slight decrease in pay for the added security of additional years on his deal. In 19 games for the Grizzlies in 2019, the center recorded 19.9 points, 10.7 rebound, and 2.2 assists in 27.7 minutes per game. He'll figure to slot in as the team's starting center this coming season.
Valanciunas (ankle) is planning to decline his $17.6 million player option for 2019-20 with the primary intention of negotiating a new deal with the Grizzlies, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Last week, Valanciunas noted that whom the Grizzlies hire as their head coach will be a "huge factor" in determining whether or not he exercises his player option. While Valanciunas declined his player option in the wake of Memphis hiring Taylor Jenkins on Wednesday, the center apparently prefers to stay with the Grizzlies after enjoying tremendous success in his limited action with the club. After Toronto dealt him to Memphis in February, Valanciunas started in 17 of his 19 appearances, averaging 19.9 points, 10.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.6 blocks across 27.7 minutes.
Valanciunas (ankle) said who the Grizzlies hire as their head coach will be a "huge factor" in determining whether he exercises his player option for the 2019-20 season, Lithuanian basketball writer Donatas Urbonas reports. Valanciunas spoke to the media on Tuesday at an awards ceremony back in his home country and sounded very much undecided as to whether he'll remain in Memphis. "It's still early to say," Valanciunas said. "Deeper into the summer, we'll have a better picture who's staying and what are the team plans." Valanciunas came over from Toronto at the trade deadline as part of the Marc Gasol deal and went on to appear in 19 games for the Grizzles, averaging 19.9 points and 10.7 rebounds in 27.7 minutes per game. The 27-year-old can opt in for $17.6 million next season, but he may prefer to seek a longer-term deal elsewhere, while the Grizzlies continue their rebuild.
Valanciunas (ankle) has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 ankle sprain and has been ruled out for the last five games of the season, Michael Wallace of the Grizzlies' official site reports. This diagnosis isn't unexpected, as Valanciunas needed help just to get off the court after suffering the injury Sunday night. It is good news that he won't require surgery, however. There's no need for the Grizzlies to push their starting center back into action at this point, especially with Memphis firmly out of the playoff picture.
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