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Donatas Motiejunas | Center/Forward | #12

Team: New Orleans Pelicans
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/20/1990
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 222
College: None
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (20) / MIN
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Donatas Motiejunas said that he while he would prefer to play in the NBA next season, he would consider returning to Europe as well.
Motiejunas had a nightmare 2016-17 season due to injuries and contract disputes. He is currently suing the Rockets and the NBA over his contract issues. Motiejunas finished the season with the Pelicans but does not believe he is a fit in New Orleans. "[The Pelicans] don't need me, they already have 4-5 big man on the roster for the next season," said Motiejunas. His preferred NBA destinations are San Antonio, Golden State, Utah or Washington. May 16 - 9:25 AM

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Donatas Motiejunas is suing the Rockets and the NBA over his contract issues from earlier this season, according to the Sporting News.

According to the Sporting News, a settlement could be reached next week. He sat out the first two months of the season as this issue played out. The Nets offered a four-year, $35 million deal back in December, but the Rockets offered a deal to match. After Motiejunas failed a physical, that negated a trade that would've sent him to Detroit.
May 12 - 5:49 PM

Donatas Motiejunas finished with 13 points and eight rebounds over 19 minutes in Sunday's game against the Nuggets.

Motiejunas was leaned upon a little more heavily with DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) sidelined and the game out of hand for most of the second half. He entered the game with a total of 29 minutes played over the pst six games with just four total points, so don't get terribly excited about this output. Unless Cousins is forced to miss more time Motiejunas is only worth a look in the deepest of fantasy leagues.
Mar 26 - 10:30 PM

Donatas Motiejunas did not score in six minutes against the Pistons on Wednesday with five rebounds and one turnover.

Even with DeMarcus Cousins, Motiejunas still couldn't do much. He just hasn't been very good and he isn't spacing the floor like the Pelicans were hoping he would. He'll likely be a DNP-CD.
Mar 1 - 11:35 PM

Donatas Motiejunas (left shin laceration) returned to Sunday's game to finish with six points, four rebounds and one steal in 23 minutes.

Motie left for a while in the first half to get some stitches, but this isn't an injury that should jeopardize his status going forward. His minutes were inflated due to DeMarcus Cousins' foul trouble tonight, so don't read anything into this performance.
Feb 26 - 9:52 PM

Donatas Motiejunas (left shin laceration) is probable to return to Sunday's game.

He'll need a few stitches but it sounds like he's fine.
Feb 26 - 8:19 PM

Donatas Motiejunas was a DNP-CD on Saturday.

This signing just isn't working out and it was a bit misguided from the get-go because the Pelicans wanted him to space the floor a la Channing Frye. Motiejunas is not going to have value while the frontcourt is healthy.
Feb 26 - 12:03 AM

Donatas Motiejunas scored two points with four rebounds, one assist, one steal and three turnovers in 19 minutes against the Wolves on Friday.

The Pelicans wanted him to be a Channing Frye-type contributor, but Motiejunas just can't make shots like Frye can. Even with Terrence Jones (thumb) out, Donuts still couldn't do much, so that is a bad sign going forward.
Feb 11 - 1:15 AM

Donatas Motiejunas did not score with two assists in five minutes against the Wizards on Saturday.

He was picking up steam, but he's lost all of it already. Motiejunas will need a few things to happen to have value in most leagues.
Feb 4 - 9:52 PM

Donatas Motiejunas vanished in 12 minutes on Wednesday, grabbing three rebounds without attempting any field goals or free throws.

The Pelicans had won eight straight against the Pistons, going back to Feb. 2013, but their defense betrayed them in a 118-98 drubbing tonight. Motiejunas didn't help on that end, and he obviously wasn't scoring the ball, so coach Alvin Gentry opted to cut his minutes. He has been shooting well lately, but his upside is limited while Anthony Davis and Terrence Jones are around.
Feb 1 - 11:56 PM

Donatas Motiejunas scored 10 points with four rebounds and two assists in 22 minutes on Sunday against the Wizards.

Motiejunas has played at least 17 minutes in four consecutive games and has scored 10 or more points in each of those contests. He has received more run as of late and has been efficient, but we would like to see more of this on a consistent basis before considering him a pickup. Fantasy owners can add him to their watch list at this time.
Jan 29 - 8:45 PM

Coach Alvin Gentry said the Pelicans did a good job after Donatas Motiejunas came into Friday's game against the Spurs.

"I thought we started to move the ball a lot more," Gentry added. This is interesting. D-Mo entered the game for Solomon Hill with a 15-7 lead, but checked out with a 38-37 lead after 11 minutes. Motiejunas did turn in arguably his most well-rounded line on Friday, scoring 10 points with seven rebounds, four assists, one steal, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes. We'd like to see him do it again before signing off on him as a pickup.
Jan 28 - 5:01 PM

Donatas Motiejunas scored 10 points with four rebounds, five fouls and one 3-pointer in 17 minutes against the Thunder on Wednesday.

The last time Anthony Davis (quad) missed a game, Motiejunas played 24 minutes against the Cavs on Monday. Davis could miss time once again, but D-Mo is only a speculative add in deep leagues right now. He hasn't played very well this season.
Jan 26 - 1:24 AM

Donatas Motiejunas played 24 minutes and hit 5-of-8 shots and two 3-pointers for a season-high 14 points, four rebounds, a steal and a block in Monday's 124-122 win over the Cavaliers.

D-Mo hadn't scored more than six points in any of his previous six games and got some extra burn with Anthony Davis sitting out with a quad injury tonight. Terrence Jones went ballistic with a career-high 36 points and rocking stat line, while Davis should be back sooner than later. Feel free to put Motiejunas on your watch list, but we'll need to see a lot more where this came from before recommending him as a player to own in 12-team leagues right now.
Jan 23 - 11:32 PM

Donatas Motiejunas scored two points with two rebounds in seven minutes against the Bulls on Saturday.

He was the 10th man in the rotation and is not looking comfortable in the role he was asked to fill for the Pelicans. Motiejunas doesn't have the highest upside anyway, so his owners shouldn't be clinging too tightly to him right now.
Jan 14 - 8:44 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Tim Frazier
SG1Jrue Holiday
2E'Twaun Moore
SF1Solomon Hill
2Quincy Pondexter
3Axel Toupane
PF1Anthony Davis
2Dante Cunningham
3Cheick Diallo
4Donatas Motiejunas
C1DeMarcus Cousins
2Alexis Ajinca
3Omer Asik