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.
Valanciunas (ankle) will not return to Sunday's game against the Clippers.
Valanciunas painfully rolled his right ankle in the third quarter, which could end the center's season considering the Grizzlies have already been eliminated from playoff contention. Before exiting the contest he recorded nine points (2-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 5-6 FT), seven rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block over 21 minutes. Should he miss extended time, look for Ivan Rabb to potentially get some starting minutes at center.
Valanciunas needed assistance off the court after suffering an ankle injury during Sunday's game against the Clippers, David Cobb of The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports.
Valanciunas exited the contest in the third quarter after tallying nine points (2-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 5-6 FT), seven rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block over 21 minutes. With Memphis out of the playoff picture, it would be unsurprising if Valanciunas was shut down for the remainder of the season if the injury is as significant as initially thought.
Valanciunas (abdomen) managed 34 points (16-28 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 20 rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks across 34 minutes in the Grizzlies' 120-115 win over the Suns on Saturday.
Valanciunas was probable with abdominal soreness, and the injury clearly was not a hindrance in any way to the big man. The veteran center is arguably enjoying the most productive all-around stretch of his career since arriving in Memphis, as he's averaging 20.6 points, 10.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.6 blocks across 28.2 minutes over 18 games. Additionally, Saturday's performance extended his current double-double streak to six contests.
Valanciunas (abdomen) will play and start Saturday against the Suns.
As expected, the big man will make his 16th straight start. Over this stretch, he's averaging 20.1 points, 10.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.7 blocks across 28.6 minutes.
Valanciunas is probable for Saturday's game against the Suns with abdominal soreness.
Valanciunas' spot on the injury report appears to just be precautionary, as there has been no indication that the big man is set to miss any time. Valanciunas is coming off one of his biggest performances of the season, posting 27 points and 12 rebounds in 32 minutes Wednesday against the Warriors. Expect him to continue getting plenty of usage as the season winds down.
Valanciunas provided 27 points (12-25 FG, 3-5 FT), 13 rebounds, two assists, and two blocks in 32 minutes during Wednesday's 118-103 loss to the Warriors.
Valanciunas has logged five straight double-doubles, and he has recorded 11 rejections across the last four tilts. Moreover, Valanciunas has produced twice as many double-doubles across 17 appearances with the Grizzlies (10) as he did through 30 games with the Raptors here in 2018-19.
Valanciunas had 20 points (7-15 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 5-7 FT), 14 rebounds, three assists, and three blocks in 26 minutes during Saturday's 112-99 loss to the Timberwolves.
Valanciunas has scored at least 20 points in four straight tilts while recording three consecutive double-doubles. He has also dished six assists across the last two games while swatting seven blocks. Despite the fact that the Grizzlies were eliminated from playoff contention a while ago, it's clear that the club intends to allow Valanciunas and company to continue developing chemistry and confidence heading into the offseason.
Valanciunas scored 23 points (10-19 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-4 FT) while adding 24 rebounds, four blocks and three assists in 41 minutes during Friday's 123-119 overtime loss to the Magic.
The center has posted huge numbers in back-to-back games, taking full advantage of an extra frame both nights. Valanciunas has seven double-doubles in 14 games since joining the Grizzlies, and his big finish to the season could give him a lot of draft-day helium next autumn.
Valanciunas scored a career-high 33 points (10-19 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 13-17 FT) while adding 15 rebounds and an assist in 36 minutes during Wednesday's 126-125 overtime win over the Rockets.
The former Raptor capped off the best scoring night of his career by draining the game-winning free throw with 0.1 seconds on the clock. Valanciunas is now averaging 19.1 points, 8.5 boards, 2.0 assists and 1.2 blocks in 13 games with the Grizzlies.
Valanciunas had 12 points (4-11 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-4 FT), eight rebounds, four blocks, three assists, and one steal in 25 minutes during Sunday's 105-97 win over the Magic.
Valanciunas recorded a season high block total while contributing a very well-rounded stat line. The 26-year-old is usually much more efficient offensively, but fantasy owners should still be ecstatic about his production of late.
Valanciunas produced 27 points (12-17 FG, 3-4 FT), seven rebounds, and two assists in 25 minutes during Friday's 114-104 win over the Jazz.
Valanciunas has reached double figures in all nine games with the Grizzlies, and he finished with a season high scoring total in this one. The 26-year-old center has upped his averages across every category except steals, and it's not shocking given that he's earning an extra seven minutes per game since the trade. Overall fantasy owners have to be awfully pleased, as Valanciunas is currently playing the best basketball of his career.
Valanciunas supplied 16 points (6-13 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 13 rebounds, one assist and three blocks across 32 minutes in the Grizzlies' 99-95 loss to the Thunder on Sunday.
The big man turned in another commendable effort in defeat, posting his second double-double in as many days. The 26-year-old move to the Grizzlies has been a boon for his overall production, as Valanciunas has scored at least 12 points and brought down at least seven rebounds in each of the seven games in Memphis during which he's logged at least 20 minutes. Valanciunas has also recorded 20 points or more in four contests during that sample and has recorded multiple blocks on three occasions during that span as well.
Valanciunas delivered 20 points (8-9 FG, 4-6 FT), 10 rebounds, four assists, and one steal in 28 minutes during Saturday's 111-81 win over the Mavericks.
Valencianas already has four double-doubles in six appearances with the Grizzlies, this compared to just five through 30 games with the Raptors prior to the recent trade. He has become an immediate focal point offensively, and his efficiency has been off the charts. He'll look to take it to the Thunder's Steven Adams in Sunday's showdown with the Thunder.
Valanciunas amassed 20 points (8-15 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-5 FT), 13 rebounds, two blocks, and one steal in 25 minutes during Monday's 110-105 win over the Lakers.
Valanciunas is rewarding the fantasy owners who held onto him during his extended injury absence (or added him after the recent trade). If he's somehow still on any waiver wires, don't hesitate to scoop him up, as Valanciunas has gone for at least 20 points and 10 boards in three of his first four appearances with the Grizzlies.
Valanciunas contributed 25 points (11-19 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-3 FT), 11 rebounds, two blocks, and one assist in 30 minutes during Saturday's 112-107 loss to the Cavaliers.
Valanciunas was expected to have his minutes monitored after missing Friday's game against the Clippers due to personal reasons. Nevertheless, he earned a hefty load of playing time and dominated down low on both ends, albeit in defeat. Jaren Jackson (thigh) being sidelined for a while will likely make it easier for Valanciunas to earn his minutes on a team that's focused on building for the future rather than competing for a playoff spot.
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