Found May 29, 2012 on
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After another rough season, the Toronto Raptors finally have something to be optimistic about other than the draft lottery.
The Raptors are in negotiations with 2011 first round pick Jonas Valanciunas. Valanciunas decided to continue to develop his game in Lithuania for another season. Many scouts have deemed Jonas as a possible franchise center with a finesse similiar to Pau Gasol.
Valanciunas cuurent contract states that there is a $2.4 million buyout and the Raptors are allowed to pay over $550,000 of that. Bringing in Valanciunas won’t necessarily bring in fans but it will assure Raptors fans that there is a new era in the Great White North.
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In what isn't a surprise, Jonas Valanciunas has started negotiations with his Lithuanian club team, Lietuvos Rytas, regarding his release from the team this off-season.
Jonas Valanciunas held preliminary discussions about a release from his team in Lithuania, sources said.
Andrea Bargnani missed 35 games this season due to recurring issues with his left leg.
Compton rapper Game (born Jayceon Taylor), who at one point in his life had a Division 1 scholarship to play basketball at Washington State, has always maintained his first love was basketball. He was a serious problem on the hardwood in his early days before becoming a platinum rapper. In a Drew League game, Taylor hit Toronto Raptors baller Demar DeRozan with a perfect lob for the nice dunk: