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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 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

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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

Donatas Motiejunas (back surgery) is not expected to play for the Lithuanian National team this summer.

Motiejunas is slowly ramping up his rehab but may be out until early August according to a timetable provided earlier this month. He reiterated that he'll be ready for Houston's training camp, where he'll battle Terrence Jones (and possibly Josh Smith) for minutes at the PF position.
May 31 - 8:05 PM

Donatas Motiejunas (back) is still in the beginning stages of his recovery.

He is expected to be out for most of the summer. Motiejunas had back surgery on Apr. 10 and he said there's "no question" he'll be ready for camp. His improvement could make it a little tougher for the Rockets to bring back Josh Smith.
May 29 - 3:09 PM

Donatas Motiejunas (back) is still expected to miss the next 2-3 months.

He was already ruled out for the playoffs and now he could miss some time during his offseason program. Motiejunas needed a lumbar microdiscectomy on Apr. 10 and should be ready for training camp. It'll be interesting to see how much playing time he gets with Terrence Jones playing well.
May 1 - 4:10 PM

Donatas Motiejunas underwent a minimally invasive spine surgery called a lumbar microdiscectomy on Thursday, and he will miss the remainder of the 2014-15 season.

Motiejunas put together a career-year with the Rockets this season, posting averages of 12.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 0.7 three-pointers per game while shooting 50.4 percent from the field. It's unfortunate that he'll have to end his season wearing a suit on the sidelines, but he should be ready to go by next season's training camp. Terrence Jones, Josh Smith, and Joey Dorsey will pick up the slack in his absence.
Apr 10 - 8:54 AM

Updating a previous item, Donatas Motiejunas (back) will not play in the postseason or regular season.

Ouch. Motiejunas didn't have a setback and he's just not showing any signs of improvement. This is a really tough blow for the Rockets because D-Mo's offensive game has been huge and they're going to be a lot thinner in the frontcourt. Expect Terrence Jones, Josh Smith and Joey Dorsey to step up.
Apr 8 - 3:51 PM

Donatas Motiejunas (back) will miss the rest of the season, according to Sam Amick of USA Today.

We're still waiting to hear if Motiejunas will play in the postseason. The Rockets have already lost Pat Beverley for the postseason, so losing D-Mo would be a tough blow to their playoff chances. Still, they have Terrence Jones and Josh Smith able to handle most of the minutes at power forward. Losing Motiejunas likely means Joey Dorsey will have to stay in the rotation. Smith and Jones should be owned in all standard leagues.
Apr 8 - 3:37 PM

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

With Motiejunas unavailable, Josh Smith and Terrence Jones will continue to split his minutes. Donatas belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues.
Apr 7 - 3:14 PM

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PF1Terrence Jones
2Donatas Motiejunas
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