Grizzlies without Valanciunas as immigration papers stalled

Grizzlies without Valanciunas as immigration papers stalled

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The Grizzlies are moving forward without Marc Gasol, and at least for now, they’re also without his replacement.

The Grizzlies are currently without center Jonas Valanciunas, whose immigration papers have yet to clear between U.S. and Canadian citizenship.

The Liuthuanian native came over from the Raptors with CJ Miles and Delon Wright in the trade that sent Gasol to Toronto.

Until his immigration papers are sorted out, the Grizzlies will have to take the floor without him.

“We’re excited to get him here and what he can bring to us, because of the unknown lineup will stay the same; if he is able to play, he’ll come in off the bench,” head coach J.B. Bickerstaff said.

Valanciunas has not played since December as he’s dealt with an injury. He was cleared to play just as the Raptors traded him to Memphis.

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