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
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Pro Bball Report Week In Review 08/23/15

On Pro Bball Report recently: Patrick Patterson's home decor, Akil Augustine on Raptors free agents, Raptors 905 draft, Team Canada cuts, Talent Identification Weekend coming, Brady Heslip signs, Andrew Wiggins responsibility, Cory Joseph, Jonas Valanciunas extension and assessment, no FIBA for Greivis Vasquez , Kevin Durant injury, Chris Bosh fantasy, Tristan Thompson and more.
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors have talked contract extension with Terrence Ross

The Raptors agreed to a fairly hefty contract extension with Jonas Valanciunas this week, and the team is reportedly in talks with another of its young players about a deal that could similarly lock him up for the foreseeable future.Terrence Ross doesn't have nearly the value to the Toronto franchise that Valanciunas does at this stage of their respective careers, but since he'll...
Via Fox Sports
10 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
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors sign Jonas Valanciunas to a multiyear contract extension

The Toronto Raptors have signed center Jonas Valanciunas to a multiyear contract extension. “Jonas’ contributions continue to improve with each season and we view him as a significant part of what we are building in Toronto,” said Raptors president and general manager Masai Ujiri. In his three seasons with the Raptors, the 23-year-old Valanciunas has averaged 10.9 points...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Jonas Valanciunas Honest Self Assessment Of His Game

Jonas Valanciunas talked to the media after signing his brand new four-year extension with the Toronto Raptors. As always the young center showed a solid appreciation of where he is in his NBA career. "(My minutes) depends on me, I got to get better defensively." Watch the entire media scrum here.
Via Pro Bball Report
11 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
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors sign Valanciunas reportedly to four-year, $64M extension

TORONTO -- The Toronto Raptors have signed center Jonas Valanciunas to a multiyear contract extension. Yahoo Sports/FOX Sports 1 NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski reported that contract is worth $64 million over four years with escalators that could make contract worth up to $70 million.   Valanciunas said on Twitter on Thursday the deal is for four years. Raptors general manager...
Via AP on Fox
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors sign 7-foot Jonas Valanciunas to extension

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Raptors have signed center Jonas Valanciunas to a multiyear contract extension. Valanciunas said on Twitter on Thursday the deal is for four years. Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri calls the 7-foot, 270-pound Lithuanian ''a significant part of what we are building in Toronto.'' Valanciunas averaged a career-high 12 points last season and finished second...
Via AP on Fox
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors, Jonas Valanciunas agree to 4-year, $64 million contract extension

Jonas Valanciunas has signed a contact extension worth $64 million over four years, according to a report from Yahoo Sports/FOX Sports 1 NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski. This may seem like a large chunk of change to break off for the big man who has played just three NBA seasons, but ultimately, the contract is likely going to be seen as a bargain in NBA circles.Valanciunas has...
Via Fox Sports
11 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
11 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...
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13 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...
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14 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
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors Offer Jonas Valanciunas A Long Term Extension

Breaking News: the Toronto Raptors have asked Jonas Valanciunas to return to Toronto for a medical prior to formally offering him a long term extension to his rookie deal.
Via Pro Bball Report
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Jonas Valanciunas To Miss Friendly Game Versus Turkey

Lithuania plays the first of three Friendly exhibition games in three days at what is called the Huawei Cup on Monday, but Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas wasn't registered for the match and will miss the game.
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Pro Bball Report Week In Review 08/16/15

On Pro Bball Report recently: Kelly Olynyk trade winds, Cory Joseph leads, Jonas Valanciunas injured, DeMar DeRozan trades, Bismack Biyombo bargain, Tristan Thompson stalemate, NBA centers, Bucks Billionaires, Raptors schedule and more.
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15 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...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Pro Bball Report Week In Review 08/09/15

On Pro Bball Report recently: waiting on Tristan Thompson, Markieff Morris trades, extending Jonas Valanciunas, Raptors new jerseys, FIBA Europe power rankings, Shannon Scott camp invite and more.
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22 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.
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Lithuania Ranked 4th Heading Into Eurobasket 2015

The very early power rankings for the top National teams heading into Eurobasket 2015 has the historically very competitive Lithuania ranked 4th behind Spain, Serbia and France. Pau Gasol will be leading Spain once again. France will be led by Tony Parker. The Toronto Raptors Jonas Valanciunas has yet to arrive in camp for Lithuania.
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26 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

New diet has helped Jonas Valanciunas improve his game

The scale may still read the same weight, but one look at Jonas Valanciunas is all one needs to know the Raptors center is in much better shape. Here's Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun with more:"Valanciunas doesn’t believe his weight has changed from the 255 pounds he came in at last season, but his face is notably leaner and he seems thicker through the shoulders than he had been...
Via Fox Sports
July 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Jonas Valanciunas is up in the gym, working on his quickness

Alarm sirens must have gone off in Jonas Valanciunas' head when his coach Dwane Casey said the era of the center is over. Rather than pout, however, Valanciunas has been in the gym, working on reshaping his game to fit the modern NBA. This means becoming quicker, more agile, and having a reliable outside shot. Here's what he told NBA TV: "'I was working on my shots selection, I...
Via Fox Sports
July 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Raptors Jonas Valanciunas Wants To Play Power Forward

"I was working on my quickness, bringing my game to be like a power forward - not like a slow center," Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas said. "I am trying to increase my speed and my ability to shoot a mid-range shot."
Via Pro Bball Report
July 08, 2015  |  Discuss
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