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Donatas Motiejunas | Center/Forward

Team: Houston Rockets
Age / DOB:  (25) / 9/20/1990
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 222
College: None
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Donatas Motiejunas (back) will be re-evaluated on Dec. 1 in the hopes that he will finally be cleared to work out with the team.
The big man has been sidelined since April, but his original 2-3 month timetable was way off and it's not a guarantee that he will be cleared to practice in December. Feel free to stash him if you are in a really deep league, but your expectations should be pretty low with Terrence Jones playing well in the starting lineup. Keep in mind that Motiejunas will be eased back into the rotation as well once he is cleared. Nov 20 - 9:10 AM

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Donatas Motiejunas (back) was spotted going through some non-contact, shooting drills during Wednesday morning's shootaround.

Motiejunas remains without an official timetable to return, but we’ll take this minor update as a positive one. That being said, he'll be coming off the bench this season and he'll likely be eased back into the rotation, so there's really no reason to use a roster spot on Donatas in most leagues.
Nov 11 - 12:18 PM

Donatas Motiejunas (back) has "yet to receive clearance" to return to practice.

Since we learned Motiejunas is operating without a timetable in September, the updates have been few and far between. When Motiejunas underwent the procedure in April, it was expected to sideline the big man 2-3 months. Instead, we're now at seven months and counting. Are you concerned yet? We are.
Nov 2 - 10:44 AM

Donatas Motiejunas (back) will bypass a contract extension with the Houston Rockets

Motiejunas will now become a restricted free agent after the 2015-16 season after failing to gain traction on an extension before the November deadline. While Motiejunas has some fantasy value in deeper leagues, he's not worth a roster spot in standard leagues as he's stuck playing behind Terrence Jones.
Oct 29 - 10:18 AM

Donatas Motiejunas (back) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Nuggets.

He has been ramping up his basketball activities and recently started doing some on-court work, so he should be nearing a return. Terrence Jones is set to start and play big minutes in a favorable matchup, while we may see rookie Montrezl Harrell get some minutes as well. Motiejunas is only worth holding onto in deeper leagues.
Oct 28 - 10:19 AM

Donatas Motiejunas (back) did not go through shootaround on Friday.

He is doing some on-court work and should be close to being back on the court. Motiejunas will likely have a limits on his playing time and Terrence Jones should be back, so D-Mo isn't a great target.
Oct 23 - 2:42 PM

Donatas Motiejunas (back) has been "stringing together" good days of workouts without setbacks, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.

The Rockets are in no hurry to bring Motiejunas back due to the severity of his back surgery last spring. D-Mo will likely have a minutes cap for a good portion of the season, so Terrence Jones is definitely the PF to target on Houston.
Oct 16 - 3:21 PM

Donatas Motiejunas (back surgery) has been cleared to sprint but he remains without a return date.

Houston is being extra-cautious with Motiejunas' return, and it's all but certain that Terrence Jones will start at PF on opening night even if Motie is cleared to play. Rookie PF Montrezl Harrell would serve as Jones' primary backup until Motie is healthy, at which point Harrell will have a hard time finding minutes.
Oct 5 - 3:58 PM

Rockets head coach Kevin McHale said Donatas Motiejunas (back) still does not have a timetable for his return.

McHale added it is impossible to say when Motiejunas returns until he starts running, so we'll have to hurry up and wait for more news here. Motiejunas could find himself starting for the Rockets if he can get healthy, but he's more a late-round flier until we know more.
Sep 29 - 1:56 PM

There is a chance that Donatas Motiejunas (back) could be ready for the start of the regular season according to Rockets general manager Daryl Morey.

Motiejunas won't be cleared for the start of training camp on Tuesday, but it does sound like he is nearing a return. Terrence Jones could solidify his spot in the first unit with a strong showing in camp, so Motiejunas will have his work cut out for him when he returns. As of right now, Motiejunas is a late-round flier at best.
Sep 27 - 11:51 AM

Donatas Motiejunas (back) remains unlikely for the start of camp and will have a physical this weekend.

Coach Kevin McHale said D-Mo is doubtful to start camp last week, so this serves as confirmation. When teams aren't putting positive spin on injuries, it's usually a worse sign than they're saying. In other words, Motiejunas probably won't be 100 percent for the start of the season. Owners can give Terrence Jones a little bump.
Sep 21 - 4:15 PM

Donatas Motiejunas (back) is unlikely to be ready for training camp, according to head coach Kevin McHale.

Motiejunas underwent back surgery back in April, and it's looking like he might not be ready for the Rocket's regular-season opener on October 28. Not being ready for camp will ensure Terrence Jones secures the starting power forward position in Houston, and Motiejunas will more than likely be eased back into the rotation upon his return. Donatas is not someone to target in standard leagues on draft day.
Sep 16 - 9:47 AM

Donatas Motiejunas (back) still has no timetable for a return, and he said that he is currently "week-to-week."

Motiejunas was non-committal about being cleared in time for training camp, so this is obviously very concerning. He underwent back surgery in April and was given an initial timetable of 2-3 months, so this is a situation that we will be monitoring very closely. If Motiejunas is unable to start the season, Terrence Jones' value will increase significantly.
Sep 11 - 1:24 PM

According to the Houston Chronicle, Donatas Motiejunas (back) is expected to be ready for training camp.

Motiejunas stepped up in a big way for the Rockets last season when Terrence Jones went down, and they badly missed his ability to space the floor in the postseason. The Rockets must be confident in Jones and Motiejunas because they didn't feel the need to re-sign Josh Smith, so that is certainly a good sign for their roles moving forward. Jones has more upside and will likely start, so Motiejunas' value will be held in check while the Rockets are at full strength. Rookie Montrezl Harrell was solid during the summer league, so don't be surprised if he is in the mix for minutes as well.
Aug 2 - 10:15 AM

Donatas Motiejunas (back surgery) said on Tuesday that his rehab has been going very well.

Motiejunas is on track to be ready for the start of training camp, although if Houston is able to retain Josh Smith as an unrestricted free agent, Motiejunas will spend a lot of time on the Rockets’ bench. Even without Smith, Motiejunas' upside will be limited playing as Terrence Jones primary backup, so he's not going to be worth drafting in standard leagues.
Jul 14 - 3:54 PM

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