HoopsHype Donatas Motiejunas rumors

September 30, 2014 Updates

Though Rockets coach Kevin McHale called the Rockets’ power forward position open, saying he needs to see more physical defense and rebounding from the position, a vote of confidence for his returning power forwards, Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas, is expected before the season begins. The Rockets intend to pick up their fourth-year option on the contracts for both players, a person with knowledge of the plan said on Tuesday. In keeping with their policy on such moves, the Rockets will wait until the Oct. 31 deadline to pick up the contract options for the 2015-16 season for both players should unforeseen developments influence that decision. Houston Chronicle

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Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas said the context of his comments made in Lithuania on Friday were lost in translation. The problem, however, was not with translating Lithuanian to English. The confusion, Motiejunas said, came when taking comedy seriously. He said his comments that James Harden and Dwight Howard do not eat with teammates were clearly jokes in keeping with the sort of radio program in which he was interviewed, but that there were reported in Lithuanian media as if he was serious. “The radio show, the guys that work there, make fun of everybody,” Motiejunas, who called from Lithuania said. “It’s a funny radio show. Everybody in Lithuania listens. They told me to try to be funny, try to make the jokes. They told me to be free. They asked some question. I joked about one thing. I joked about the other thing. “They asked about the team. I tried to be funny. They asked how they (Harden and Howard) approach the team. I told them like, “Hey, they’re not with us. I stay alone.’ Then the journalists in Lithuania took the interrview and took it serious and posted my interview. I didn’t talk with no journalists. It was just a fun radio show.” Houston Chronicle

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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

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