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Jonas Valanciunas has “huge fans” in the Detroit Pistons’ front office

Jonathan Givony of Draft Express, writing for Yahoo! Sports (emphasis mine):

Rytas has taken a major step forward in resolving the buyout issue in recent days by hiring a European lawyer with significant experience in NBA buyout negotiations. According to sources with knowledge of the situation, Rytas will attempt to structure the buyout on a sliding scale depending on where he gets picked, and are willing to be flexible with Valanciunas on when he can leave the team in case of an NBA lockout, even giving him the opportunity to stay with the team until he signs his rookie contract.

If his buyout situation will be resolved in a timely fashion, look for Valanciunas to be drafted somewhere between Nos. 3 and 8 overall. He’s ahead of Enes Kanter on both Cleveland and Toronto’s boards according to reports and has huge fans in Detroit’s front office as well.

Valanciunas has three more years on his contract after this current season, with no buyout option. His American agent Leon Rose of CAA has been negotiating with the team for the better part of the year Most of the dispute revolves around when the buyout will be paid. The team, which is in serious financial trouble, wants the money now, not when he joins the NBA.

For those who don’t know much about Valanciunas, Givony explains why teams like the Pistons are so intrigued:

At 6-11, with a reported 7-6 wingspan and a Joakim Noah-type motor, he’s the type of prospect NBA teams have a difficult time getting their hands on outside of the draft.

I don’t expect Valanciunas to last until the eighth pick, but I’d be thrilled if the Pistons draft him.


  • May 22, 20112:54 pm
    by Lindsey


    I’d love to see Valanciunas/Jerebko out there. THE JONAS BROTHERS!

  • May 22, 20113:49 pm
    by Tiko


    I’d rather refer to them as ‘Jonas x2′ not the jonas brothers…that seems pretty fruity..

  • May 22, 20114:37 pm
    by vic



    Whatever name you give them, it’s a good business move to draft him. NBA is entertainment. One Jonas has already won the Pistons a few extra teenage fans, two would be very good for their marketing. It doesn’t hurt that he’s also a very good player and exactly what the Pistons need.

  • May 22, 20115:07 pm
    by Eric


    He won’t even be here for 2 or 3 years, I expect him to fall, Ricky Rubio situation again, don’t turn into the T Wolves please, but it alreadly looks as though the Pistons are heading in that direction.

    • May 22, 20118:44 pm
      by tarsier


      Even if he can’t come for a year or two, if he is the best prospect available, take him. Because the Pistons won’t be contending for those years anyway. So it is not that big a deal if they don’t get “immediate contribution.”

  • May 22, 20116:00 pm
    by Paul


    This will probably be a FAIL.

  • May 22, 20117:12 pm
    by Quick Darshan


    An athletic 7-footer that shoots over 80% from the free throw line.  Probably worth trading up for.

  • May 22, 20118:28 pm
    by detroitpcb


    Is the second best big man in the draft but those talks have been dragging on for over a year and that contract situation is nowhere close to being resolved. If he fell to the Pistons, that is probably a big man they would have to take (along with Kander) ahead of my own favorite Banks.

  • May 23, 201110:53 am
    by Stephen


    BTW,the mythical $500,000 that is all NBA teams can contribute to a buy-out?
    Not true. Teams can contribute whatever they want towards a buy-out,the catch is only $500,000 is cap free. Every penny over that counts towards salary cap. So if a team is over salary cap,they can’t spend extra,but a team under cap can spend up to cap on a buy-out.(Which almost never happens as teams under cap are usually being run on the cheap and/or don’t want to tie up cap room paying somebody else for a player.)

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