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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
Contract: view contract details

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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

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Donatas Motiejunas missed all seven shots from the field and made 1-of-2 from the line against the Nets on Thursday, adding three rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 19 minutes.

He even started the second half in this game because Omer Asik was bad and Anthony Davis (hip) was out. Motiejunas still has a lot of rust on him and he's generally had a low upside in his NBA career, but coach Alvin Gentry wants him to fire away from deep. Just keep an eye on him unless you have garbage at the end of your roster.
Jan 12 - 10:41 PM

Donatas Motiejunas started the third quarter on Thursday over Omer Asik.

It's not a surprise with how slow Asik was in the up-tempo game.
Jan 12 - 8:55 PM

Donatas Motiejunas scored three points on 1-of-2 shooting in Monday's win over the Knicks.

D-Mo had a promising debut on Saturday vs. the Celtics in which he scored 11 points with five rebounds, four assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 20 minutes, but he only saw 16 minutes this time around. He did add four rebounds with three assists, two steals and one triple, and might have played a little more if the score wasn't so lopsided. Anthony Davis left the game with a left hip injury and D-Mo would be an intriguing pickup if Davis misses, but he's just someone to keep an eye on in deeper leagues for now.
Jan 9 - 9:45 PM

Donatas Motiejunas made his season debut against the Celtics on Saturday, scoring 11 points with five rebounds, four assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

He played a lot more than expected and was very good in his 20 minutes. Motiejunas was used next to Terrence Jones and Anthony Davis tonight, including some minutes in the fourth quarter. The Pelicans want to use him as a floor-spacing four/five, which has always been a need next to Anthony Davis. Donuts hasn't exactly shown a big upside in his NBA career, but give him a look in 14-team leagues. Most owners should want to see him do it again.
Jan 7 - 9:55 PM

Donatas Motiejunas is available to play against the Celtics on Saturday.

He is going to be limited to six-minute stretches, so he's likely looking at 12 minutes tonight. Coach Alvin Gentry has talked about playing him as a stretch four, so he could be taking minutes from Dante Cunningham, Terrence Jones and/or Solomon Hill.
Jan 7 - 6:07 PM

Donatas Motiejunas will not play on Thursday against the Hawks.

Coach Alvin Gentry said he's more likely to use D-Mo on the road. Gentry also has said he's going to try to use him as a floor spacer, so the Pelicans may want him to get even more practice shooting the rock. He's not a fantasy option just yet.
Jan 5 - 6:35 PM

Coach Alvin Gentry compared Donatas Motiejunas' fit in his system to Channing Frye as a floor spacer from their Suns days.

In the last season they were together, Frye averaged 10.5 points, 5.9 boards, 1.4 assists, 1.1 blocks and 1.4 treys in 26.1 minutes per game. Motiejunas won't be getting that kind of playing time while the Pelicans are healthy and D-Mo isn't anywhere close to the 3-point shooter Frye is, so most fantasy owners can just take a wait-and-see approach.
Jan 4 - 3:23 PM

Donatas Motiejunas said on Wednesday that he's been medically cleared to play.

Motiejunas added that he's happy to be back and that he's hopeful it won't take too long to work his way back into game shape. He'll likely be slowly worked into the rotation in New Orleans, and even once he's fully up to speed, he'll just be splitting reserve minutes with Terrence Jones. For what it's worth, Alvin Gentry said he plans to utilize him mainly at the five-spot and he could play Thursday vs. Atlanta, but this is a situation that most fantasy GMs can watch develop from the waiver wire.
Jan 4 - 1:11 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans announced on Tuesday that the team has signed free agent Donatas Motiejunas.

The seemingly never-ending saga of Donatas Motiejunas' free agency has finally come to a conclusion. Sadly for D-Mo, it ends with him receiving a lot less money than he and his agents expected. It is difficult to predict Motiejunas' fantasy impact because we still don't know how healthy he is or when he'll be able to contribute. Even when fully ready, he will likely see only limited minutes off the Pelicans bench. He can be left on waiver wires for now.
Jan 3 - 12:31 PM

Donatas Motiejunas has reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with the Pelicans for the veteran's minimum.

Motiejunas has been medically cleared to play and the deal is expected to become finalized on Tuesday. Unfortunately for Motiejunas, he'll go from a $35 million offer sheet to playing for the minimum, and the situation in New Orleans isn't all that ideal as he'll be fighting for reserve minutes with Terrence Jones. D-Mo's arrival is going to harm Jones' stash appeal.
Jan 2 - 4:25 PM

Donatas Motiejunas is reportedly nearing a deal with the Pelicans.

The two sides are still in talks, but Shams Charania of The Vertical is reporting that a "deal could be coming soon." D-Mo recently worked out for the Lakers and there's clearly still a market for the big man after his deal with the Rockets fell through due to a failed medical exam. If D-Mo signs with NOP, both Terrence Jones and Dante Cunningham could lose value. Most fantasy owners should use a wait-and-see approach here and it's worth noting that D-Mo will have to pass a medical exam before he can sign. Per Marc Stein of ESPN, D-Mo will likely settle for a one-year deal at the veteran's minimum.

The Lakers brought in Donatas Motiejunas for a workout but did not immediately sign him.

The Lakers are looking to add some frontcourt depth in wake of the Larry Nance (knee) injury, so it'll be interesting to see if this report gains any traction over the coming weeks. As for fantasy hoops, Motiejunas would have a fairly limited role in Los Angeles backing up Julius Randle, so this would not be an ideal landing spot for him.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 01:42:00 PM

The Rockets have renounced their rights to Donatas Motiejunas.

He will now become an unrestricted free agent. This was a nightmare move for the Rockets all summer and matching the Nets' offer makes little sense now. He was a no-show for his physical last week and the Rockets were gathering information on him since. Obviously, they didn't like what they saw. It's unclear what D-Mo's next move is, but this definitely isn't a good look. He can't sign with the Nets, too.
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 06:26:00 PM

The Rockets are still gathering medical info on Donatas Motiejunas' physical exam.

The Rockets are not ready to activate him yet. Coach Mike D'Antoni said there are "some issues" on D-Mo, so that explains it. Motiejunas' role is unclear, so there's no need to stash him in most leagues.
Sat, Dec 10, 2016 07:22:00 PM

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PG1Jrue Holiday
2Tim Frazier
3Langston Galloway
SG1Buddy Hield
2E'Twaun Moore
SF1Solomon Hill
2Tyreke Evans
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PF1Dante Cunningham
2Terrence Jones
3Cheick Diallo
4Donatas Motiejunas
C1Anthony Davis
2Omer Asik
3Alexis Ajinca