Raptors exercise options on Valanciunas, Ross

The Associated PressOctober 24, 2013
Raptors exercise options on Valanciunas, Ross
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Toronto Raptors forward Terrence Ross, right, gets the ball striped by New York Knicks teammates Toure Murry (23) and Tyson Chandler, left, during first half NBA pre-season basketball action in Toronto on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

TORONTO (AP) -- The Toronto Raptors exercised third-year team options Thursday on the entry-level contracts of center Jonas Valanciunas and guard Terrence Ross, extending them through the 2014-15 season.

The Raptors had until next Thursday to exercise their options on both players.

The 7-foot Valanciunas, from Lithuania, joined the Raptors after being selected fifth overall in the 2011 draft and spending the 2011-12 season playing overseas. He averaged 8.9 points last season.

The 6-foot-7 Ross was selected eighth overall in 2012. He averaged 6.4 points last season and won the dunk competition at the All-Star game.