Rumors about Jonas Valanciunas possibly moving to the NBA already this season were put to an end, as both the player and his current team Lietuvos Rytas denied such talks.
The 19-year-old, who was selected with the fifth pick in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Toronto Raptors, reasserted that he is staying in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius until the end of the season.
“I’m currently with Lietuvos Rytas and I’m not really interested in those talks. There’s a lot to be done here. I’m in Lietuvos Rytas, not the Raptors,” said Jonas Valanciunas.
The club’s sporting director Martynas Purlys confirmed that the situation hadn’t changed and that Valanciunas will only leave once the season is over.
“Jonas will stay in Lietuvos Rytas until the end of the season. This has been agreed and we are not going to break the agreement,” said the club’s official.