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The Toronto Raptors have picked up the fourth-year team options on Jonas Valanciunas and Terrence Ross ahead of the new NBA season.
Both men will now have their contracts guaranteed through to the 2015/16 season after the pair formed an important part of the Raptors’ march into the playoffs last year.
While their journey came to a premature end against the Brooklyn Nets in the first round, there is undoubtedly a significant amount of optimism surrounding the franchise moving forward after point guard Kyle Lowry also committed his long-term future earlier this year.
Valanciunas has averaged 10.3 points and 7.6 rebounds in 138 starts in his two seasons since the Raptors selected him with the fifth overall pick in the 2011 Draft.
The Lithuanian ace also impressed during the FIBA World Cup 2014 in Spain this summer, and he continues to display signs of improving play and maturity on the court.
Valanciunas led the team in rebounds with 714, offensive rebounds  and double-doubles with 26 last season, and he will hope to continue to be a dominant force on the boards.
Meanwhile, Ross was taken eighth by the Raptors in 2012, and has averaged 8.7 points and 2.6 rebounds in 154 games. He started 62 of the final 63 games last season and tied Vince Carter’s franchise record with 51 points in a game against the Los Angeles Clippers back on January 25.