HoopsHype Donatas Motiejunas rumors

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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In part two of RidiculousUpside.com's interview with Rockets Vice President of Basketball Operations, Gersson Rosas, (here's part one to review) the executive discusses each rookie's progress, and the strategy behind their assignments. For more, read on below. Q: As we talk about specific player development, what can you tell me about the progress Terrence Jones and Donatas Montiejunas are making with the D-League Vipers? A: Terrence Jones is a very special player with a lot of physical tools and good talent base. Both he and Donatas Montiejunas are guys who have played at high levels. Terrence won an NCAA title at Kentucky, and Donatas played at a high level in Europe last season. Both of those guys are very close to playing in the NBA, but we have a lot depth with the Rockets, so they just haven't had the opportunity to play yet. Ridiculous Upside

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Sources say the Rockets are contemplating sending White to the D-League along with rookies Scott Machado and Donatas Motiejunas. But White has been absent from team's past two practices and Monday night's game against Miami. The Rockets reportedly are fining him every day he is absent from team functions or fails to attend sessions with the therapist the Rockets have arranged for him. CBSSports.com

November 13, 2012 Updates

In a rather unexpected move the Houston Rockets have decided to send Donatas Motiejunas to their NBDL team, alongside two other teammates. Motiejunas will now have to spend an undetermined period of time playing for Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Houston's own D-League team. The other two players who were also sent there are Royce White and Scott Machado. It is worth mentioning that Motiejunas had declined an invitation from the Lithuanian National Team last summer, in order to put extra work with the Rockets. Hence missing the chance to participate in the Olympic Basketball Tournament. TalkBasket

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Jonathan Feigen: As expected today, Rockets sign 2011 first-round pick Donatas Motiejunas. Will play for summer team. Twitter

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The Rockets extended a $4.3 million qualifying offer to guard Courtney Lee on Friday, assuring that he will be a restricted free agent to allow the Rockets to match any offer sheet he receives, a person with knowledge of the move said. The team will also begin the process to sign last season’s first round pick Donatas Motiejunas first thing on Sunday, the first day they may begin working to sign him. Motiejunas must first complete the paperwork on his buyout in Europe then receive FIBA clearance from his previous team before he can sign with the Rockets. The process is expected to take no longer than five days, allowing him to report to the start of summer league training camp July 8. Houston Chronicle

June 13, 2012 Updates

The international debut of Donatas Motiejunas is delayed for at least one more year after it was announced that the 21-year-old forward won't play for his country this summer. TalkBasket

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