Oct. 14 10:47 AM PT11:47 AM MT12:47 PM CT1:47 PM ET17:47 GMT1:47 10:47 AM MST12:47 PM EST21:47 UAE19:4713:47 ET12:47 PM CT16:47 - The Toronto Raptors have picked up the fourth-year team options on Jonas Valanciunas and Terrence Ross, guaranteeing their contracts through the 2015-16 season. Analysis: Valanciunas, a 7-0 center from Lithuania, averaged 10.3 points and 7.6 rebounds in 138 starts in his two seasons since the Raptors selected him fifth overall in the 2011 draft. Last season, Valanciunas led the team in rebounds (714), offensive rebounds (226) and double-doubles (26).
July 15 1:51 PM PT2:51 PM MT3:51 PM CT4:51 PM ET20:51 GMT4:51 1:51 PM MST3:51 PM EST0:51 UAE (+1)22:5116:51 ET3:51 PM CT19:51 - Drunken driving charges have been dropped against Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas. Lawyer Alan Gold said in an email that authorities "agreed with us that there was no reasonable prospect of conviction." Analysis: Valanciunas was arrested in April in Wasaga Beach, Ontario, before the Raptors started a first-round playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets. Police had followed up on a report that a vehicle went through a drive-thru with open beer bottles visible. Police say officers located the vehicle at a home, where they arrested Valanciunas. Valanciunas did not miss any playoff games. He averaged 10.9 points and 9.7 rebounds in seven games against the Nets.