HoopsHype Donatas Motiejunas rumors

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The third attempt by Donatas Motiejunas to make the national team is under a question mark. Lithuanian forward expects to sign a contract with the Houston Rockets this summer but due to NBA rules he would risk losing the contract in case of an injury. Motiejunas was the 20th overall pick by Minnesota Timberwolves in 2011 NBA Draft but the T-Wolves traded him to Houston Rockets. The player decided to spend one more year in Europe before moving to the NBA. After two seasons in Italy with Benetton Treviso, Motiejunas made a move to Asseco Prokom in order to have an opportunity to play in Euroleague. TalkBasket

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Although Donatas Motiejunas has been linked with a move to Anadolu Efes by Turkish media, it might turn out that these talks are just unweighed rumors. Tomas Pacesas, the player’s coach at the Polish side Asseco Prokom, was surprised to hear such a scenario. "He's moving where? Turkey? First time I've heard about it. We're on a bus together with him in Moscow. We have just flown to a VTB League game. There are no talks of someone leaving the club," the Lithuanian specialist told lrytas.lt. The Hoop

Houston’s first round draft pick Donatas Motiejunas might be on the move again, as the Lithuanian 7-footer has drawn interest from several European clubs (Anadolu Efes, Khimki Moscow and Avozmash Mariupol among them). SheridanHoops

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There's a chance Rockets first-round pick Donatas Motiejunas could remain with his Polish team and presumably miss the entire NBA season. So says Lithuanian website BasketNet. The site managed to track down Motiejunas' father and snag this quote (in yet another horrible example of Google Translate): This website "BasketNews.lt affirmed basketball dad Vidas Motiejunas. "Donate remain in Poland, because it has a contract until the end of the season and guided him. Not even thought about the NBA this season. N. is still young, before all eyes, "- site" BasketNews.lt "said Donato dad. The Dream Shake

September 22, 2011 Updates

Benetton Treviso officially signed for the upcoming season Brian Scalabrine. Former Bulls was signed as American while he is waiting for the Italian passport. Scalabrine, who won also an NBA title with Boston Celtics, is in Treviso since weeks practicing with the team. Treviso also announced the loan to Asseco Prokom Gdynia of Donatas Motiejunas. Sportando

As reported by Lrytas.lt, Asseco Prokom reached a two-year agreement with Donatas Motiejunas. The Lithuanian big man spent the last two years in Italy with Benetton Treviso and was selected by Minnesota Timberwolves in the last NBA draft (20th overall pick) and then traded to Houston Rockets. Asseco Prokom will also pay a buyout to Benetton Treviso because Motiejunas has still one year left on the contract with the team. With the new deal with Prokom, Motiejunas has an NBA out and he can leave as soon as he gets a call from Rockets. Now Treviso will likely sign Brian Scalabrine who is practicing with the team since weeks. Sportando

September 3, 2011 Updates

Houston Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas has returned to play for Benetton Treviso in Italy according to his agent, Herb Rudoy, in a text message to FOX 26 Sports. Rudoy did not indicate in his text message if Motiejunas has an out-clause in his contract which would allow him to return to the NBA when the lockout ends. FOX 26 Sports

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Hours before the NBA locked out its players on Thursday, Rockets rookie Donatas Motiejunas returned to Italy expecting to rejoin his previous team. Motiejunas said he expects to accept an offer from Benetton Treviso to resume his career there for the duration of the NBA lockout and perhaps through next season. Just a week after he joined the Rockets in a draft-night deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Motiejunas left Houston on Thursday to resume training in Treviso. Houston Chronicle

“I still have a contract with Benetton,” Motiejunas, the 20th player taken in the NBA Draft last week, said. “They told me if I want to leave in the middle of the season when the team that took me, Houston, wants me, they would let me go. That will be no problem. “That’s why I’m happy, and a little bit sad. The situation is very tough right now. I don’t really want to go away from the team. I’m not happy about that. That was one of the greatest things that happened in my life, that this team picked me. They really supported me. I appreciated all the fans and all the staff that was working with me. I really feel bad about what is happening right now.” Houston Chronicle

Motiejunas said he would consider remaining with Benetton throughout next season, depending on input from the Rockets. He and his representatives cannot, however, have any communication with the Rockets during the lockout. Before the lockout began, the Rockets did make their tender offer to their draft picks to maintain their NBA rights to them. Houston Chronicle

June 23, 2011 Updates

Marc Berman: Knicks worked out exactly 60 players but not Burks, who declined. Also learned Knicks worked out Donatas Moteijunas Tuesday. Twitter

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