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Pro Bball Report Week In Review 08/16/15

On Pro Bball Report recently: Kelly Olynyk trade winds, Cory Joseph leads, Jonas Valanciunas injured, DeMar DeRozan trades, Bismack Biyombo bargain, Tristan Thompson stalemate, NBA centers, Bucks Billionaires, Raptors schedule and more.

 

Kelly Olynyk scrumKelly Olynyk Is Feeling The Trade Winds In Boston

“You can get traded you know, any day,” Olynyk said. “You just got there and it’s hard to, I wouldn’t say it’s hard to, it’s different to really feel attached to one place in the NBA if you get bounced around. Canada you know, they can’t trade me to Germany.”

 

Cory Joseph 2015Raptors Cory Joseph Leads Canada’s Best Men’s Basketball Team Ever
“He is our starting point guard,” Triano confirmed. “He is the guy we are going to lean on to run this team. He did a great job for us last year when we were overseas playing 11 (exhibition) games in Europe. He understands the international game better. He is getting better. He is a big part of what we are doing and we expect a lot. We expect him to be the floor general.”

 

JV injuredJonas Valanciunas Injured In First Game With Lithuania

The Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas was playing in his first game of the summer for Lithuania on Wednesday when he slipped under the basket and could be seen holding his groin in obvious pain. “He has a groin strain, while the injury heals long. This is not good,” said Coach Kazlauskas

 

DeMar DeRozan by Paul Saini 2014Is The Raptors DeMar DeRozan Really On The Trade Block?

For some unknown reason DeRozan still hasn’t won over the entire Toronto fan base and one of the most persistent social media rumors associated with the Raptors this summer has been the suggestion All-Star DeMar DeRozan will be traded in an attempt to upgrade the roster.

 

Biyombo blocks 2The Best NBA Free Agent Bargain Was Raptors Bismack Biyombo

“Obviously Masai has been a guy that has done a lot for Africa and us as young African players, we always look up to him as our mentor. The influence was already there. I was just excited about working with him and looking for an opportunity to play for Coach Casey and obviously the team is a great team and I am excited to be part of it.”

 

StraightOuttaSomewhereCavs And Tristan Thompson Stalemate Bad For Team Canada
Now Thompson can afford to bet on himself again this summer and sign an even better deal as an unrestricted free agent next year and the Cavs will save about $30 million in luxury tax if Thompson takes the qualifying offer, but this is really bad news for Team Canada as they need their best power forward to help them win at the FIBA Americas Olympic qualifying tournament later this summer.

 

Valanciunas Hibbert DrummondAre Traditional NBA Centers A Dying Breed?

It is getting hard not to notice that successful NBA teams have gone small and nowhere was that more noticeable than in the NBA Finals when the Golden State Warriors sat their regular season +8 starting center Andrew Bogut in order to completely dominate the Cavaliers in a game of small ball.

 

rich guyBillionaire Bucks Owners Get $250 million For New Arena

On the very day that Walker began pushing for taxpayers to foot much of the bill for the new arena, one of the team’s owners donated $150,000 to his super PAC. The investor, Jon Hammes, has donated directly to Walker’s past campaigns, as well … Walker hired him as his national finance co-chairman. Another Bucks owner, Ted Kellner, gave $50,000 to Walker’s Super PAC.

 

Raptors SchedToronto Raptors 2015-16 Schedule Details

After the home opener, 11 of the club’s next 14 games will be on the road. December and January combined feature 18 of 29 games at home. January and February have a stark contrast with nine of 14 games in January at home and eight of 11 games in February on the road.

 

 

• Big Stories From The Previous Week

 

 

PHO_Morris_MarkieffShould Raptors Trade For Suns Markieff Morris?
Even with Morris on a steal of a contract, teams won’t be tripping over themselves to add a player who spent the last year building a bad reputation for himself. From calling out the home fans to finishing with the second most technicals in the league to the felony aggravated assault charges.

 

Jonas Valanciunas arm raisedWhy The Raptors Can’t Extend Jonas Valanciunas This Summer

At the end of games last year, Casey sat Valanciunas 23 times for the entire fourth quarter and he did it with good reason. In the 57 fourth quarters he played in, Valanciunas averaged 5.1 minutes, 2 points, 1.6 rebounds and was a net -0.6 points. Even Valanciunas acknowledges what he needs to do, “I am trying to increase my speed.”

 

Jonas Valanciunas by Robertas Dačkus with permission (1)Lithuania Ranked 4th Heading Into Eurobasket 2015
The very early power rankings for the top National teams heading into Eurobasket 2015 has the historically very competitive Lithuania ranked 4th behind Spain, Serbia and France. Pau Gasol will be leading Spain once again. Serbia won Silver at the 2014 World Cup and looks to field an even stronger team than before. France will be led by Tony Parker.