NBA trade rumors: As Raptors seek new identity, efforts to deal Jonas Valanciunas still come up short
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Back in 2012 at the London Olympics, Lithuania national coach Kestutis Kemzura expressed some of the concerns he had about his young big man, Jonas Valanciunas, who was then 20 years old and coming into his first season in the NBA. Valanciunas had struggled in the tournament, and Kemzura told Sporting News, Sometimes, he wants to come in and do everything right away. In his head, he is working too fast. He is young, that happens.
Four years later, at the Rio Olympics last summer, Kemzura’s criticism of Valanciunas — who averaged just 6.7 points and 7.0 rebounds — was echoed by new coach Jonas Kazlauskas in much sharper terms.
Youth Jurickson Profar Jersey He has to dedicate himself to basketball more, Kazlauskas said. He was also asked why Valanciunas was struggling, and said, You’ll have to ask Valanciunas.
Acquiring Korver gives the Cavs one of the best 3-point shooters in NBA history. He provides instant offense off the bench and draws defenders’ eyes every time moves without the ball. Among players who attempt at least three catch-and-shoot 3-pointers per game, Korver is tied with Stephen Curry and Allen Crabbe for the second-highest 3-point percentage (45.5) behind only Otto Porter Jr. (46.6), per NBA.com.
With Kyrie Irving and LeBron James driving to the basket and Korver on the perimeter, opposing defenses face a brutal dilemma.
He’s so important to us, James said. Korver gives us another option to keep defenses honest. You have to pick your poison. If you collapse on me or Kyrie then you’re leaving him open. If you pay too much attention to him you already know what it is.