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              === Raptors pick up options on Valanciunas, Ross ===
 
 Toronto,  ON (SportsNetwork.com)  - The Toronto Raptors announced Thursday that
 the  team has  exercised contract options on center Jonas Valanciunas and guard
 Terrence Ross for the 2014-15 season.
 
 Valanciunas,  the fifth overall selection of the 2011 NBA Draft, put together a
 solid  rookie  season  in  2012-13  following a  year  playing  in  his  native
 Lithuania.  The 7-footer averaged 8.9 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks while
 starting  57-of-62 games  to earn a spot on last season's NBA All-Rookie Second
 Team.
 
 The  21-year-old  built on  his promising debut  by being named  the MVP of the
 2013  Las  Vegas Summer League by  averaging 18.8 points and 10.0 rebounds over
 four games.
 
 Ross,  taken eighth  overall by  the Raptors  in the  2012 draft,  averaged 6.4
 points  and  2.0 rebounds over  73 games last season.  The highlight of the 22-
 year-old's  rookie  year came during  All-Star Weekend,  when Ross won the 2013
 Slam Dunk competition.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 10/24 20:18:18 ET