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C Jonas Valanciunas and two draft picks have been traded to the New Orleans Pelicans for C Steven Adams, G Eric Bledsoe and three draft picks.
Valanciunas had a breakout campaign in 2021, averaging 17.1 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. Valanciunas will now be sharing the paint with F Zion Williamson in New Orleans so it'll be interesting to see how those two fit alongside each other.
Jonas Valanciunas totaled 18.0 points (8-13 FG, 2-4 3PT), six rebounds, one assist, and two steals in the Grizzlies’ 126-110 loss to the Jazz on Wednesday.
Valanciunas scored 18.0 points in the Grizzlies’ series finale loss to the Jazz ending the series averaging 33.2 minutes, 15.0 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.6 blocks, and 0.6 steals per game while shooting 57.1 percent from the floor and 10.0 percent from beyond the arc.
Jonas Valanciunas totaled 18 points (7-12 FG, 0-1 3PT, 4-4 FT), six rebounds, three assists, and one block in the Grizzlies' 141-129 loss to the Jazz on Wednesday
Valanciunas failed to double-double in the Grizzlies’ loss to the Jazz, collecting only 6.0 rebounds, making it his worst rebounding effort when playing 30.0 or more minutes. Although he increased his scoring output, his production on the boards fell by 50.0 percent from Game One. A lot of this, if not all of it, can be attributed to his early foul trouble as he had to play a more conservative game against one of the league's top five centers in Rudy Gobert. His foul trouble presented a double-edged sword dilemma as the Grizzlies couldn’t afford to have him on or off the court. Valanciunas may not be an ideal target in this series as the Jazz have done a relatively good job against him throughout the season. He is a little expensive given the possible limitations of his production in this tough match-up. For the upcoming slate on Saturday, May 29th, he may be worth a look if his price-point is discounted, which would make it worth taking a chance on the Grizzlies star on a slate that could be "starving" for impactful value.
Jonas Valanciunas totaled 23 points (10-16 FG, 0-1 3PT, 3-6 FT), twenty-three rebounds, one assist, and three blocks in the Grizzlies 100-96 win over the Spurs on Wednesday.
Valanciunas had a monster game in the Grizzlies' win over the Spurs, contributing to his elite form as of late. He has had a double-double effort in eight of his last ten games and should be able to continue his tear against the Warriors, a team he just dominated with 29.0 points and 16.0 rebounds.
Grizzlies C Jonas Valanciunas continued to roll with 29 points (12-15 FG, 5-6 FT), 16 boards (six offensive), one assist, and one steal.
The Warriors had no answer for Valanciunas, who simply had his way down low all game long. JV really came on strong over the last month of the season, resulting in him finishing with averages of 16.9 points and 12.5 rebounds per game on 58.8/36.8/77.2 shooting splits on the season. Valanciunas should continue to see his role increase heading into the playoffs and next season.