Report: Valanciunas to get big deal from Grizzlies
NBA.com Global on Jul 01, 2019 05:31 AM
FILE - MEMPHIS, TN - MARCH 25: Jonas Valanciunas #17 of the Memphis Grizzlies dunks the ball against the Oklahoma City Thunder on March 25, 2019 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
NBA.com staff report
Memphis has designs on reshaping its roster behind its new rookie, Ja Morant, and second-year big man Jaren Jackson Jr. However, the Grizzlies have some other key youngsters that could prove crucial to the future, including center Jonas Valanciunas.
Valanciunas is not expected to have to wait long to stay in Memphis as Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Grizzlies are expected to give Valanciunas a three-year, $45 million deal.
Once free agency opens at 6 p.m. ET, center Jonas Valanciunas is expected to commit to a three-year, $45 million contract to return to the Memphis Grizzlies, league sources told ESPN.
Valanciunas declined a $17.6 million player option on his 2019-20 contract, clearing the way to become an unrestricted free agent and negotiate a new, longer term deal.
After missing two months before the trade to recover from thumb surgery, Valanciunas was dominant from his debut with Memphis after it acquired him at the trade deadline. From the trade deadline through the end of the regular season, he was the only NBA player to average at least 19 points (19.9), 10 rebounds (10.7) and 1.5 blocks (1.58) on 50 percent shooting (54.5%).