FantasySP / NBA / Jonas Valanciunas FantasySP / NBA / Jonas Valanciunas Copyright 2019 5429850 <![CDATA[Jonas Valanciunas will be available to play on Tuesday against]]> Jonas Valanciunas will be available to play on Tuesday against the Spurs.

He's expected to come off the bench in his Memphis debut tonight, and likely won't see a ton of minutes in his first game back following a two-month layoff. Still, he's a per-minutes monster and is in an excellent spot to produce in Memphis, so he's safe to activate in all season-long settings.

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<![CDATA[Receives clearance for Tuesday]]> Valanciunas has been cleared to make his team debut Tuesday against the Spurs after his immigration paperwork cleared successfully, Michael Wallace of the Grizzlies' official site reports.

Valanciunas will finally be available for the Grizzlies after being held out while his immigration paperwork went through. He hasn't taken the court since Dec. 12 due to a thumb injury, so his minutes will likely be monitored closely following a lengthy absence, especially with Memphis kicking off the front end of a back-to-back set. Valanciunas is expected to begin his time with Memphis as a backup behind Ivan Rabb.

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<![CDATA[J.B. Bickerstaff indicated on Monday that Jonas Valanciunas]]> Jonas Valanciunas (thumb) will initially be held out of back-to-back sets "He hasn't played in a while, so we'll be conscious of that going into a back-to-back," said Bickerstaff of Valanciunas. [...]]]> 5429167 Mon, 11 Feb 2019 16:06:06 EDT <![CDATA[Jonas Valanciunas did not practice on Monday.]]> Jonas Valanciunas did not practice on Monday. The Grizzlies are still waiting for his immigration paperwork to process, but there is some optimism that he'll be cleared in time to play on Tuesday. [...]]]> 5429091 Mon, 11 Feb 2019 14:42:07 EDT <![CDATA[Coach J.B. Bickerstaff said he is going to stick with Ivan Rabb]]> Ivan Rabb in the starting lineup, which likely means Jonas Valanciunas comes off the bench Welp. [...]]]> 5428230 Sat, 09 Feb 2019 23:06:06 EDT <![CDATA[Jonas Valanciunas will not play on Saturday night against the]]> Jonas Valanciunas will not play on Saturday night against the Pelicans. According to the report, the routine immigration paperwork processing couldn't get completed until after the trade was official. [...]]]> 5428033 Sat, 09 Feb 2019 17:24:09 EDT <![CDATA[Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, C.J. Miles and Avery Bradley]]> Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, C.J. Miles and Avery Bradley are expected to be available to play Saturday vs the Pelicans. [...]]]> 5427905 Sat, 09 Feb 2019 13:30:12 EDT <![CDATA[Will play pending physical]]> Valanciunas (not injury related) is expected to make his Grizzlies debut Saturday versus the Pelicans, but still needs to pass the team's physical, Chris Herrington of The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports.

The Grizzlies traded for Valanciunas along with CJ Miles and Delon Wright on Thursday in a deal centered around Marc Gasol. On the day of the trade he was set to return to the Raptors after spending nearly two months on the shelf due to a dislocated left thumb. Prior to the injury he was averaging a career low 18.8 minutes per game, but was performing highly efficiently when on the court. Once back into game shape, he could potentially see a bigger role in the Grizzlies' frontcourt, but it remains to be seen how they plan on incorporating the big man. Expect an update on his status for Saturday once his physical is complete.

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<![CDATA[Traded to Memphis]]> Valanciunas was traded to the Grizzlies as part of a deal that brings Marc Gasol to Toronto, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

Valanciunas has been on the shelf for nearly two months with a dislocated left thumb, and he was set to return to action Thursday night. However, the Raptors will ship him to Memphis in order to match salaries in the deal, so his return to action figures to be delayed by a few days. Valanciunas shifted to a backup role this season before the injury but still managed 12.8 points and 7.2 boards in a career-low 18.8 minutes per game. With the Grizzlies shifting toward a full rebuild, it's unclear how large of a role Valanciunas can expect for the rest of this season. The 26-year-old holds a $17.6 million player option for 2019-20.

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<![CDATA[The Grizzlies are planning to acquire Jonas Valanciunas in the]]> Jonas Valanciunas in the Marc Gasol deal, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of He has a $176 player option for next season, and he wouldn't be a lock to take it at age 26. [...]]]> 5426465 Thu, 07 Feb 2019 14:00:26 EDT <![CDATA[Jonas Valanciunas (dislocated left thumb) will return to action]]> Jonas Valanciunas (dislocated left thumb) will return to action vs. the Hawks on Thursday. Even if the Raptors don't make any trades at the deadline, they still get better with JV back in action. [...]]]> 5426322 Thu, 07 Feb 2019 10:48:07 EDT <![CDATA[Jonas Valanciunas (thumb) will not play Tuesday vs. the Sixers.]]> Jonas Valanciunas (thumb) will not play Tuesday vs. the Sixers. Coach Nick Nurse said that he was hoping that Valanciunas would be cleared to play, but JV will sit out at least one more game. [...]]]> 5424873 Tue, 05 Feb 2019 11:30:11 EDT