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Report: Toronto Raptors shopping Jonas Valanciunas

Isaiah Thomas, Jonas Valanciunas

The Toronto Raptors have been active through the first few days of free agency that has led to him to successfully retaining their key core players in All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry and forward Serge Ibaka.

However, Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports is reporting that the Raptors are looking into possibly moving veteran big man Jonas Valanciunas.

The 25-year-old is entering just the second year of his four-year, $64 million deal with the Raptors that he signed as a contract extension he inked back in August 2015. It includes a $17.6 million player option for the 2019-20 season.

Since being selected with the fifth overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, Valancuinas has been a stable option in the frontcourt through his first five seasons averaging 11.5 points on 55.6 percent shooting from the field with 8.5 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per contest while making starts in 384 out of 399 career games.

The sudden decision to put him on the open market may have been made in order to bring additional veteran help to the team. The Raptors have a renewed commitment to their core group of Lowry, DeRozan, and Ibaka for at least the next three years.

This gives the organization a small window to get something done, and with numerous teams around the league making major moves this offseason it pushes forth an even larger internal urgency to join in the fray to keep pace.