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08/25/2015 – “…Some Bath Salts Got In There Somewhere”

The Razzball Hoops Pod returns after a week off, and on today's show we talk the Jonas Valanciunas extension and the impact on the Rap's big men, then spend the rest of the show talking the Yahoo O-Ranks as fantasy leagues open up, and rip them to smithereens. Download in iTunes
Via Razzball Basketball
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Raptors: Jonas Valanciunas Contract Grade

(April 13, 2015 – Source: Mike Lawrie/Getty Images North America) By Josh Morgan: VP and Director of Content at Hoopstuff… Contract: 4 years (4th year player option), 64 million Just days after news of negotiations were first reported, the Toronto Raptors and starting center Jonas Valanciunas have come to terms on a four year extension, with the fourth year being a player option...
Via HoopStuff
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors And Valanciunas Compromise To Get A Fair Deal Done

The Toronto Raptors and center Jonas Valanciunas have formally agreed on a four-year extension worth $64 million that will kick in a year from now. President and General Manager Masai Ujiri once again showed his negotiating skills in achieving this compromise deal with his young center.
Via Pro Bball Report
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Jonas Valanciunas, Raptors Agree Upon Extension

Jonas Valanciunas and the Toronto Raptors have reportedly agreed upon a contract extension. Previous reports indicated the deal would be for more than $60 million over four seasons. The Raptors hope to make the deal official on Thursday.
Via RealGM
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Jonas Valanciunas on the verge of signing four-year, $60 million contract extension with Raptors

The Toronto Raptors have made it clear that they plan to change the way their team plays this season. The organization wants to focus of playing better defense which is they went out and signed forward DeMarre Carroll. But with the change focused on defense, the Raptors need center Jonas Valanciunas to become a rim protector. Even though he hasn’t shown he can do that yet, the...
Via No Guts, No Glory
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors reportedly in advanced discussions with Jonas Valanciunas on four-year contract extension

Jonas Valanciunas has developed into a serviceable starting center in his three years with the Raptors, and Toronto is interested in making sure he remains with the team for the foreseeable future.ESPN's Marc Stein reports that Valanciunas has left the Lithuanian national team, in order to return to Toronto to finalize a contract extension that will be worth more than $60 million...
Via Fox Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Jonas Valanciunas, Raptors Finalizing $60M+ Extension

Jonas Valanciunas has reportedly taken a leave from his duties with the Lithuanian national team to complete his extension with the Toronto Raptors. Valanciunas became eligible for an extension with the Raptors this offseason. An agreement is not yet in place, but the two sides are in advanced discussions on a four-year deal worth more than $60 million.
Via RealGM
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Jonas Valanciunas Injured In First Game With Lithuania

The Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas was playing in his first game of the summer for Lithuania on Wednesday when he slipped under the basket and could be seen holding his groin in obvious pain. These games are friendly exhibition tuneups for Eurobasket 2015 later this summer and there is equal concern with the National teams and the professional teams their players come from...
Via Pro Bball Report
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Why The Raptors Can’t Extend Jonas Valanciunas This Summer

Toronto Raptors Jonas Valanciunas projects out as a traditional center that plays with one foot in the paint at all times and at best develops a mid-range jump shot. In his own words, he knows his game has to change to become "not like a slow center." Assuming Coach Casey isn't about to change the Raptors style of play, Valanciunas doesn't seem to fit long term.
Via Pro Bball Report
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Grading the Toronto Raptors' Bismack Biyombo pickup

The Toronto Raptors have been very busy this offseason in regards to free agency.  A team that desperately needed defense, the Raptors have gone out and attempted to fix the problem by bringing in some quality defenders at all three areas, from the guards, to the wings, to the bigs.  While their offense may take a step backward, their defense will almost certainly be much improved...
July 16, 2015  |  Discuss

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