Valanciunas (ankle) has agreed to a three-year, $45 million contract to remain with the Grizzlies, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
In the trade that sent Marc Gasol to the Raptors, the Grizzlies acquired Valanciunas. He saw a huge uptick in role once in Memphis, seeing his usage rate climb above 30 percent for the first time in his career. The 27-year-old is expected to start in the frontcourt next to Jaren Jackson. That duo, along with No. 2 overall pick Ja Morant, will help usher in a new youth movement for the Grizzlies, who dealt veteran point guard Mike Conley to the Jazz earlier in the offseason. Jun 30 6:13 pm (EST)
- Valanciunas (ankle) is expected to sign a three-year, $45 million extension with the Grizzlies, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
- Valanciunas (ankle) is planning to decline his $17.6 million player option for 2019-20 with the primary intention of negotiating a new deal with the Grizzlies, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
- Valanciunas (ankle) said who the Grizzlies hire as their head coach will be a "huge factor" in determining whether he exercises his player option for the 2019-20 season, Lithuanian basketball writer Donatas Urbonas reports. All Jonas Valanciunas News
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