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  • Jonas Valanciunas
    C, Memphis Grizzlies

    Jonas Valanciunas' (foot soreness) goal remains to be ready for opening night.

    Valanciunas has been ruled out for the remainder of the preseason and ended up missing the entire exhibition slate, though he did get some action in with Team Lithuania. The Grizzlies recently called JV day-to-day so the hope is that he'll be ready to rock when the games matter. If he isn't, it would open the door for Brandon Clarke to carve out a larger role. Valanciunas remains a quality middle-round target while Clarke is one of the higher-upside rookies in his class, which makes him a late-round flier in most formats.

    Source: David Cobb on Twitter

  • Jonas Valanciunas
    C, Memphis Grizzlies

    Jonas Valanciunas (foot) will be shut down for the remainder of the preseason.

    The Grizzlies' opening game is next Wednesday and the team will revaluate him prior. His foot has been tested and there is no structural damage, but the shutdown puts his availability in question. Ivan Rabb and Brandon Clarke would benefit the most in Valanciunas' absence.

    Source: Peter Edmiston on Twitter

  • Jonas Valanciunas
    C, Memphis Grizzlies

    Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins told the media that Jonas Valančiūnas (foot soreness) is on the same timeline and should be viewed as day-to-day.

    Jenkins went on to say that "It’s just a big-picture approach. We want to be very cautious. He’s been in the league a long time and had a lot of action this summer." The action that Jenkins is referring to is the games that Jonas played for the Lithuanian national team. Without any major setback, Jonas should be ready to go at the start of the regular season. He is currently being targeted in the fifth-seventh round in standard redraft leagues.

    Source: Michael Wallace on Twitter

  • Jonas Valanciunas
    C, Memphis Grizzlies

    Jonas Valanciunas (foot soreness) has been ruled out for Tuesday's exhibition against New Zealand.

    The Grizzlies are erring on the side of caution in regards to their big man with the regular season fast approaching. We'll see if this is a lingering issue or not, but JV looks safe as an upside middle-round pick.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Jonas Valanciunas
    C, Memphis Grizzlies

    Jonas Valanciunas (foot soreness) is unlikely to play in Tuesday's exhibition against New Zealand.

    Valanciunas also sat out Sunday's game against Maccabi Haifa. As long as the big man enters the season healthy, which is fully expected, we're looking at a safe top-75 guy with a few rounds of upside.

    Source: Michael Wallace on Twitter

  • Jonas Valanciunas
    C, Memphis Grizzlies

    Jonas Valanciunas (foot soreness) has been ruled out of Sunday's game versus Maccabi Haifa.

    Valanciunas logged some decent minutes playing for Lithuania during the FIBA World Cup, so this probably of a rest day. The former Raptor has been a fantastic producer since arriving in Memphis is will look to have a breakout year with the minutes increase.

    Source: Grizzlies PR on Twitter

  • Jonas Valanciunas
    C, Memphis Grizzlies

    Jonas Valanciunas posted a three-block double-double in 24 minutes during a blowout win for Lithuania on Monday.

    Valanciunas and Lithuania are no longer in contention for the World Cup, but they won convincingly over the Dominican Republic. Valanciunas provided 19 points, 10 rebounds, one asssist, on steal and three blocks. If he can keep up what he did during his time in Memphis last season, he could be posting top-50 value this coming season.

    Source: FIBA.basketball

  • Jonas Valanciunas
    C, Memphis Grizzlies

    Lithuania was eliminated from the World Cup on Saturday despite the best efforts of Jonas Valanciunas, who tallied 18 points, eight rebounds, a steal and two blocks in 26 minutes.

    Valanciunas went 6-for-12 from the field and 6-for-9 at the line, also finishing as the only Lithuanian starter with a positive plus-minus. It's worth mentioning that he bullied the French (and Rudy Gobert) in the paint all day. He's primed for a big season in Memphis, though we would caution fantasy managers from chasing last season's numbers directly since they came with Jaren Jackson Jr. out of action. JV is still looking at a comfortable middle-round season with upside, though.

  • Jonas Valanciunas
    C, Memphis Grizzlies

    Jonas Valanciunas made only 2-of-5 shots for seven points and seven rebounds in Thursday's loss to Australia.

    Valanciunias didn't look to shoot much in this one and Lithuania couldn't make up for the difference. Valancuinas is primed for a big year with the Grizzlies this season.

    Source: FIBA

  • Jonas Valanciunas
    C, Memphis Grizzlies

    Jonas Valanciunas scored 13 points and added eight rebounds, two assists and a steal, in a 92-69 win against Canada on Tuesday.

    Valanciunas did his damage in just 18 minutes as Canada had no answers against Lithuania. Jonas looks to be ready for a career year in Memphis as the clear starter in a young and inexperienced frontcourt.

    Source: FIBA.basketball

  • Jonas Valanciunas
    C, Memphis Grizzlies

    Jonas Valanciunas made the most of his 21 minutes for Lithuania on Sunday, going for 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting with 11 rebounds, two steals and one block.

    This one was a blowout, with the Lithuanians' halftime total of 48 points topping Senegal's final tally of 47 points. Valanciunas will not find the opposition to be this easy when he suits up for the Grizzlies, but he is set up for a fantastic season. He will serve as the offensive focal point for the Grizzlies this season, hopefully being carried by the momentum he mustered to close out 2018-19. He was never able to get enough minutes or touches as a Raptor, but this should be the breakout season we have been waiting years for.

  • Jonas Valanciunas
    C, Memphis Grizzlies

    The Grizzlies have announced the re-signing of Jonas Valanciunas.

    Valanciunas averaged 19.9 points, 10.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.6 blocks in 27.7 minutes per game for Memphis (19 games) and is looking like a building block for the team's next era. Things might get a little more complicated with Jaren Jackson Jr. back healthy but there's no reason to treat JV as anything other than a middle-round pick with top-40 upside. It's going to be nice to finally see what Valanciunas can do with a full season of starter's minutes.

    Source: Memphis Grizzlies

  • Jonas Valanciunas
    C, Memphis Grizzlies

    Jonas Valanciunas has agreed to a three-year, $45 million deal to return to the Grizzlies.

    Valanciunas finished last season on a top-50 fantasy sprint in 27.7 mpg across his 19 games with Memphis, and he is looking like a hot commodity in fantasy circles now that he's finally being given a featured role. There may be some growing pains with a rookie point guard at the helm, but JV is primed for a nice season while the Grizzlies are getting him at an affordable rate.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Jonas Valanciunas
    C, Memphis Grizzlies

    Jonas Valanciunas is expected to commit to a three-year deal worth $45 million to remain with the Grizzlies, per Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Valanciunas opted out of $17.6 million next season and instead secures a longer-term deal at a slightly lower annual value. He was dynamite in Memphis down the stretch, averaging 19.9 points, 10.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 19 games with the Grizzlies after finally being given starter's minutes. Things may be tougher without Mike Conley, but JV is shaping up as a solid middle-round pick in fantasy drafts with a little upside for more. He was a top-50 player over the last two months of the year in 27.7 mpg.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Jonas Valanciunas
    C, Memphis Grizzlies

    ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski is hearing that Jonas Valanciunas plans to decline his $17.6 million player option and become a free agent, but his primary intention is to negotiate a new deal with the Grizzlies.

    Valanciunas saw his value soar after being sent to the Grizzlies mid-season. If he remains with the team he will be looking at a solid floor with upside after averaging 19.9 points, 10.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 19 games with the Grizzlies. Though, opting out ensures that other organizations could get an opportunity to make their pitches as well. The Lithuanian big man is just 27 years old.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter