HoopsHype Donatas Motiejunas + Trade rumors


September 17, 2014 Updates
January 26, 2014 Updates

The Rockets are receiving “lots of calls” about Donatas Motiejunas, who asked to be traded in search of more playing time. However, the Rockets prefer to keep him. “Teams are opportunistic. Any player that other teams like and think is good and that’s not playing, generally that’s who you get calls on. We’ve gotten a lot of calls on Donatas because he’s a mobile 7-footer with offensive skill. He’s not a perfect player, but because he wasn’t playing, teams are like ‘Maybe we can get him on the cheap’. “We believe in him. I expect him to be here. The reality is, it’s very hard to get a 7-footer who can play as well as him on a $1 million contract.” Clutchfans

January 14, 2014 Updates
January 10, 2014 Updates

Sam Smith: I have not heard they are shopping Motiejunas. I would be surprised if they were as he’s a young seven footer and it’s obvious they are trying to trade Asik. If someone wanted to trade the Bulls a young, athletic seven footer for one of their veterans I have no doubt they’d be thrilled. I don’t expect that to happen. NBA.com

January 8, 2014 Updates

The second-year forward out of Lithuania admitted to ClutchFans on Wednesday that his agent Arn Tellem is working with Rockets GM Daryl Morey to find a place where he can play. He called it a “natural thing” and that his agent is just looking out for him. “It’s still one month or more until the deadline,” said Motiejunas. “Anything can happen. You never know. It’s not up to me.” Clutchfans

“Right now I don’t feel that I’m improving,” said D-Mo. “I don’t have a game rhythm. It’s not easy when I sit on the bench for that long.” Motiejunas stressed that if he stays here, he will continue to work hard every day as he has. “That’s the thing — I like it here,” said Motiejunas. “But it’s not in my control. I think I did everything in my power to get on the court. If it’s not happening then it’s not happening [but] the management, Daryl has to try to find a place where I can develop.” Clutchfans

January 7, 2014 Updates
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June 23, 2011 Updates

San Antonio could get into the late teens – perhaps the Utah Jazz slot at 12 – to draft. The Spurs are enamored with Lithuanian 7-footer Dontas Montejunas, sources said, and could move up to take him in the late lottery picks. Nevertheless, several teams believe San Antonio’s ultimate goal is to parlay that late lottery pick into an even higher spot in the first round. Yahoo! Sports

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