Jonas Valanciunas Stats
- Height / Weight
- 83 / 265 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 5/6/1992 (31)
Jonas Valanciunas Last 10 Games
Jonas Valanciunas News
New Orleans Pelicans center Jonas Valanciunas (illness) is questionable for Thursday's battle with the Cavaliers. He's one of three Pelicans players who find themselves on the injury report with an illness. New Orleans' frontcourt could be very shorthanded for the matchup, as Zion Williamson (illness) is also among the players with a question mark, and Cody Zeller's (ankle) status is uncertain due to an injury. Jeremiah Robinson-Earl could be poised for a busy night if the health issues don't clear up for the Pelicans by game time.
Team Lithuania center Jonas Valanciunas posted a strong outing to help with the effort to take down the favored Team USA on Sunday. The veteran big man posted 12 points, seven rebounds, and two blocks while shooting 4-for-6 from the floor and knocking down his only three of the game. Lithuania pulled off the shocking upset with a lopsided rebounding advantage and a huge first quarter which propelled their lead the rest of the game.
New Orleans Pelicans center Jonas Valanciunas has been in trade rumors all summer, with the team reportedly looking to move on from him due to his defensive shortcomings, but it now appears that there won't be a break-up after all. The Lithuanian giant will continue as the Pelicans' starting center, writes William Guillory of The Athletic in his mailbag column. According to Guillory, New Orleans was looking to replace Valanciunas with Cleveland's Jarrett Allen and was also interested in Detroit's Isaiah Stewart, but no deal was reached. Valanciunas himself was recently quoted saying he wants to remain in New Orleans. The 31-year-old has spent two seasons with the Pelicans, averaging 15.9 points and 10.8 rebounds. He starts the final season of his two-year, $30.1 million deal in 2023-24.
New Orleans Pelicans center Jonas Valanciunas is eligible for a contract extension after signing one in 2021 for two years. In an interview with Jake Fischer of Yahoo Sports, Valanciunas stated, "And I want to stay longer there. I like the New Orleans group. I'm ready to go and do it." Until injuries derailed the season, the Pelicans were at the top of the Western Conference early last year. The Lithuanian big man has spent two seasons in New Orleans so far and has averaged 15.9 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game across 27.5 minutes per contest.