HoopsHype Donatas Motiejunas rumors

July 4, 2011 Updates
June 30, 2011 Updates

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

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

June 22, 2011 Updates
June 20, 2011 Updates

Witte said the Sixers felt "privileged" to be one of four NBA teams that Motiejunas would work out for, even if it was under the circumstances of one-on-none. "He sees himself in a few years as maybe being able to play as a five," Witte said. "Right now, he’s obviously a four. He has a stretch-four mentality. He can go to the low post ... We see him as a power forward. He sees himself as a power forward that eventually will be able to play more as a center." Philadelphia Inquirer

On Monday, the Sixers will host Donatas Motiejunas, a 6-foot-11 prospect out of Lithuania. Motiejunas is projected to be a first-round draft pick. He will work out solo. Philadelphia Inquirer

June 19, 2011 Updates
June 13, 2011 Updates

On the positive side, he seems to have added a good 10 to 15 pounds of muscle to his frame in the past year while still retaining the quickness that made him such a potent scorer in Europe. I do think the workout may have done a little more damage to Motiejunas. He hasn't had a lot of momentum of late and seeing something like this feeds the notion that perhaps he peaked in 2009 or 2010. But there's still time. Motiejunas has another workout scheduled for Monday evening to redeem himself. I quizzed a lot of NBA people in the gym and most of them had him ranked somewhere between 14 and 23 on their boards. ESPN.com

June 12, 2011 Updates

While some disappointment was expressed among executives that players such as Jan Vesely, Davis Bertans and others are missing the camp due to various reasons, there is still plenty of talent to evaluate here in Treviso and today there was major buzz around Bismack Biyombo's morning workout and Donatas Monteijunas' evening workout. DraftExpress.com

The Motiejunas workout was better but hardly worth the top of the resume either. While he showed the agility and a shooting touch uncommon at 6-feet-11 power forward, the lottery-bound power forward appeared tired to those who had watched him during the season.Davis Bertrans, on the bubble for the first round and guaranteed money, pulled out of the camp because his team had a game in the Slovenian playoffs about a three-hour drive away. He may come for an individual workout on Sunday. NBA.com

Chad Ford: Surveyed a lot of NBA teams about where Biyombo & Motiejunas projected to go. Both appear to be in 10-20 range. Twitter

June 7, 2011 Updates

The Philadelphia 76ers are keying in on Donatas Motiejunas with the No. 16 pick, according to a source. The Sixers want to add size and post depth, and Motiejunas is a 7-footer that can really score well in the post. The Sixers are also hoping that a guy like Jonas Valanciunas or Tristan Thompson could fall to them. Nikola Vucevic could also be a sleeper for the Sixers' pick. There is a chance that Motiejunas and/or Valanciunas could withdraw from the NBA Draft by the June 13 deadline. If this were to happen, the Sixers could explore trading their pick to move later in the first round or possibly even out of the first round. The Hoops Report

June 1, 2011 Updates

Montiejunas, a 6-foot-11 power forward, is playing for Benetton Treviso in the Italian League. Benetton has advanced to the semifinals of the Series A League. After the playoffs, Montiejunas plans to attend the adidas EuroCamp June 11-13. As such, Herb Rudoy, Montiejunas' agent, said his client won't be able to work out for any NBA teams before the draft. "It's not that he doesn't want to; he just can't," Rudoy said. Racine Journal-Times

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