HoopsHype Donatas Motiejunas rumors

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As Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas left the Toyota Center on Monday after a meeting with his teammates, he was unsure what his future with the Rockets would hold. Motiejunas said he is happy in Houston, but did hope to have more playing time. “I want to try for things to work out for me here but at the same time I want to play so we’ll see if this team has time for me or not on the court,” he said. Houston Chronicle

March 5, 2014 Updates

Motiejunas predicts Lithuania will be a tough opponent. "The team is going to do its best in Spain. I hope that Lithuanian basketball will write another beautiful page in the country's history," he said. For the time being though Motiejunas is focused on having a great season with the Rockets, who are fifth in the NBA's Western Conference with 40 wins and 19 losses. After struggling in his rookie season, Motiejunas is proving this year that he can be a solid back-up. "Last year was a bit difficult because I didn't spend a lot of time on the court," he recalled. "But I had no choice but to keep working hard in order to convince the coach to give me the opportunity to show what I can do. "Things have been going well for the team and myself and I hope that it will last." FIBA.com

February 26, 2014 Updates

But Motiejunas did not come to Houston for the Tex-Mex. He came to play basketball, not watch it. To Motiejunas, dues had been paid in Italy, Poland and with the Lithuanian national team, and then again last season in the NBA Development League. As his second season moved to the new year, Motiejunas made it clear he did not necessarily want to be traded – unless that is what would get him on the court. “If you never had that experience in your job or whatever you do, it is unbelievably hard to describe,” Motiejunas, 23, said. “Logically, mentally, you just have to come every day and work for yourself. That’s the main thing. Bring your same attitude every day, do everything you are capable of doing just to make yourself better. When your number is going to be called, you have to be ready.” Houston Chronicle

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

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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

Donatas Motiejunas' struggle to earn a spot in Houston Rockets rotation continues. The 23-year-old was sent by the Rockets to NBA D-League for the first time this season and the third in two years. Lithuanian international hoped to be traded to another NBA team with Boston Celtics rumoured to the most likely destination. However, the deal didn't go through keeping D-Mo in Houston for the time being. TalkBasket

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Last season's rookies - Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas - continue to show promise offensively, but neither appears ready on the other end to be trusted with the job. The Rockets remain hopeful about both. They plan to pick up their contract options for the third season of their rookie deals this month, a person with knowledge of the team's plans said. But the Rockets don't appear ready to put either in the position, trying Omri Casspi as the starter against Orlando on Wednesday in an indication the starting spot is up for grabs. Houston Chronicle

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