June 19, 2018, 5:38 pmJonas ValanciunasC, Toronto Raptors
Jonas Valanciunas is excited by Nick Nurse's promotion to head coach, saying "It’s a good news for me. We were always in a really good relationship."
Valanciunas added, "We spent a lot of time together, made a lot of shots. I’m really happy to see him as a Raptors head coach." That's the big one, as Nurse was the driving force in expanding JV's game last season. He's the one who spent the most time working with the big man, who took strides in shooting, playmaking and mobility. It's no secret that Dwane Casey never trusted Valanciunas with big minutes but perhaps that changes under Nurse, assuming Big Science isn't traded. If he can push towards 30 mpg he'll be a rock solid middle-round play with potential to sneak up near the top-50. Just something to remember for draft season.
Source: Donatas Urbonas on Twitter