With him, there are still a lot of questions, and like a lot of big men — not just Jonas — you have to try to find their place in the way everyone is playing the game now, one general manager told SN. He is talented and he still is young. But he is pretty much the same player he was three years ago. So what his national team coach said about him, about dedication, that sticks out. I think that hung over their ability to trade him these last few months.
Again, the reputation is not necessarily fair. Valanciunas is effective when he gets the ball (he averaged 1.28 points per possession as the roll man in the pick-and-roll, among the league’s best). But he does not get the ball enough in the Raptors’ offense, which is increasingly focused on All-Stars DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry.
Toronto has sought to deal Valanciunas since the February trade deadline. They’d had conversations with Detroit and New Orleans then, sources said, and continued to have discussions around Valanciunas at the draft, but talks with the likes of Sacramento, Phoenix, Charlotte, Portland and Atlanta did not get very far.
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It’s rare to hear a shooter complain about being open, but for Korver, it was a bit of an adjustment.
Mike Pennel Womens Jersey I was too open, Korver said. It took me a minute to get used to it. But this teams needs me to let it fly. So I’ll figure it out.
Korver struggled to start the season in Atlanta. He shot 40.9 percent from 3-point range in 32 games and ended up losing his starting spot. Playing near the blustery winds off Lake Erie have warmed up Korver’s shooting. He’s hitting 3-pointers at a 50.3 percent clip.
It’s a new system. It’s a much different style of play, Korver said. I felt like searching out shots a lot more in Atlanta. I was working off screens and moving around a lot. And here you’re kinda waiting. Well, not so much waiting, but more than that you’re waiting for the ball to come to you. You’re waiting for plays to evolve rather than chasing shots.