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Valanciunas' buyout situation settled

Posted on: June 25, 2011 11:23 am
Edited on: June 25, 2011 6:54 pm
Posted by Royce Young

A few days before the draft, some concern arose that Jonas Valanciunas, the big Lithuanian center the Raptors selected fifth, was going to have some major buyout issues.

As a result, there was some speculation that Valanciunas could slip down in the lottery. He didn't and I guess it was because the buyout thing wasn't that big of a deal.

Raptor general manager Bryan Colangelo told the Toronto Sun that the buyout has been resolved with Valanciunas' team Lietuvos Ryta. Valanciunas' deal was for three years with his Euro team. 

"I can confirm the buyout is in place," Colangelo said.

The Raptors can contribute up to $500,000 of the $2.4 million buyout under the terms of the current collective bargaining agreement.

Now that Valanciunas will join the Raptors alongside Andrea Bargnani, Toronto will get a fresh look at its new front line. Valanciunas isn't ready to be an impact player, though, as he needs to add strength, which he admitted draft night. "I have no so strong body," he said. So that'll likely be the focus for the young 19-year-old center. Some have said he's a young Pau Gasol and if that's the case, Toronto will likely be fine waiting however long for him to add strength.


Since: May 29, 2011
Posted on: June 27, 2011 10:51 am

Valanciunas' buyout situation settled

i watch couple international games and highlights on youtube and jonas not a bad pick plus hes only 19..hes a pick and roll guy physical finisher around the basket and a tough athletic hustler high motor guy which would be good for raps new defensive minded coach casey

Since: Sep 22, 2008
Posted on: June 27, 2011 9:26 am

Valanciunas' buyout situation settled

> I'll put my faith in the guys who are paid to do this stuff & hope that this guy pans out.

As one Raptor fan to another, I'm shocked you can make such a statement.  The Raptors have an awful history of scouting talent in the draft, in free agents, and in trades.

1) Vince Carter trade - Carter for Alonzo Mourning, Eric Williams, Aaron Williams, and two future first round picks.
Who were the first round picks you ask?  One was Joey Graham.  The other pick was packaged with Jalen Rose for Antonio Davis.  So the trade was Vince Carter and Jalen Rose for Alonzo Morning, Eric Williams, Aaron Williams, Joey Graham and Antonio Davis.  Antionio Davis is the only player in the list that made any kind on contribution to the Raptors.

2) Alonzo Mourning - Trade for someone you know won't play for you.  Brilliant.  Buy out his contract with an excuse about health conditions, then watch him sign with Miami and become an intergral part of their championship. 

3) Rafael Araujo - 8th overall in 2004, one pick before Andre Iguodala
If you can tell me where Araujo playing now, more power to you.  You know how Collangelo always had problems surrounding Bosh with quality players?  Iggy would have been an awesome pariring with Bosh.  A slashing SF who can play some serious defence.  Instead, the Raptors end up with Anthony Parker playing this role alongside Bosh for most of his best years.

4) Joey Graham - 16th overal in 2005, one pick before Danny Granger
Joey was a solid bench player, Granger is an all-star.

5) Andrea Bargnani - 1st overal in 2006, one pick before LaMarcus Aldridge
Call me old fashioned, but I expect my 7-footer to be able to rebound and/or play defence.  Andrea does neither.

6) Jermaine O'Neal trade (part 1)
Trade away the rights to Roy Hibbert (who can play defence and rebound) for the oft-injured center, who proved he could get injured again

7) Jermaine O'Neal trade (part 2)
Instead of selling high on O'Neal at the start of the season, they trade O'Neal and his bad knee two months too late for Shawn Marion and contract dead-weight Marcus Banks.  I didn't even remember that Marion even played for the Raptors.

8) Hedo Turkoglu
Five-year $53 million contract.  'Nuff said.

9) Valanciunas - If this guy can't learn how to play defence (quick, name one player drafted/signed from Europe who can play defence), then pairing him with Andrea will be a disaster. 

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: June 26, 2011 2:41 am

Valanciunas' buyout situation settled

I didn't like the pick off the top, but I I pro scout? A pro GM? No, just a I'll put my faith in the guys who are paid to do this stuff & hope that this guy pans out. Lot of the Raptor's fan base wanted one of the point guard's available, but there was no promise there those guy's would pan out either....drafting in any sport is really a crap shoot, you need to take some risk's instead of going with a media / fan consenus...if you start following the fans all the time, soon enough you'll be sitting in the stands with them unemployed.

If this guy can come out & take some defensive pressure off Bargnani, grab some boards..then Bargani could flourish, we all know the guy is a questionable defender to keep it nice and short, but I have said it's no different than Nowitzki until he had Chandler & Haywood down there banging the boards to take pressure off him on the D side, that he really came into his own and became a champion.

Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: June 25, 2011 7:34 pm

Valanciunas' buyout situation settled

Sucks for the Cavs since they wanted him.

Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: June 25, 2011 12:38 pm

Valanciunas' buyout situation settled

This is great for the Raptors. Now they have 4 big men that do different things and they will be a lot more versatile this season. If Jonas develops towards his potential the Raptors will be a force having two scoring big men with length. Ed Davis and Amir Johnson will be great for Jonas because they can take some of the playing time until he is ready. Big news for the Raptors

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