Pelicans and Jonas Valanciunas agree to contract extension
Pelicans big man Jonas Valanciunas will be sticking about for a while. By way of the New Orleans Instances Picayune:
For the second consecutive season, the Pelicans signed their starting center to a contract extension without ever watching him play a standard-season game in a New Orleans uniform.
Wednesday, the Pelicans and Jonas Valanciunas agreed to a two-year, $30.1 million extension, which will preserve the six-foot-11, 265-pound Lithuanian big man under contract through the 2023-24 season, a source said…
Only 11 months earlier, the Pelicans signed Steven Adams to a two-year extension worth $35 million. Adams averaged 7.six points final season, the fewest given that his rookie season, and was traded in July.
The Pelicans sent Adams and Eric Bledsoe to the Memphis Grizzlies in a salary shedding maneuver. They got back Valanciunas in the trade and have been forced to move down seven spots in last summer’s draft.