One of the best free-agent centres won't be on the market for long.
According to a report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Jonas Valanciunas is set to agree to a three-year deal worth $45 million to return to the Memphis Grizzlies.
Free agent center Jonas Valanciunas has agreed to a three-year, $45M deal to return to the Memphis Grizzlies, CAA agent Leon Rose tells ESPN.- Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2019
Valanciunas, who just wrapped his seventh season in the NBA, was traded from Toronto to Memphis at the 2019 trade deadline. In 19 games with the Grizzlies, the 27-year-old averaged 19.9 points (on 54.5% shooting), 10.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.6 blocks per game. He missed the final five games of the season after suffering a sprained ankle.
The signing comes after Valanciunas declined his player option for the 2019-20 season, but the three-year deal ensures he will be a part of the Grizzlies' future plans. Memphis will look to build around 2019 All-Rookie forward Jaren Jackson Jr. and showed its commitment to 2019 No. 2 overall pick Ja Morant after trading veteran point guard Mike Conley earlier in the offseason.
The Grizzlies look to build upon their 33-49 record in the 2018-19 season to rise back to prominence in the Western Conference.