Valanciunas out for the rest of the season

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - FEBRUARY 13: Jonas Valanciunas #17 of the Memphis Grizzlies moves against Robin Lopez #42 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on February 13, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Memphis, Tenn. – Memphis Grizzlies center Jonas Valanciunas suffered a grade II right ankle sprain in Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers and will miss the remainder of the 2018-19 season. Surgery is not required and he is expected to make a full recovery.

Valanciunas (7-0, 265) started 17 of his 19 appearances for the Grizzlies and averaged 19.9 points, 10.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.58 blocks in 27.7 minutes after he was acquired from the Toronto Raptors on Feb. 7. The 26-year-old finishes his seventh NBA season with averages of 15.6 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.08 blocks in 22.3 minutes in 49 games (27 starts) for both the Grizzlies and Raptors.

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