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Donatas Motiejunas | Center/Forward | #20

Team: Houston Rockets
Age / DOB:  (25) / 9/20/1990
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 222
College: None
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (20) / MIN
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Donatas Motiejuans has been recalled from the D-League.
He's a negligible part of the rotation with Josh Smith in town, and he belongs on the waiver wire in most leagues. Feb 9 - 7:17 PM

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Donatas Motiejunas will head back to the D-League on Thursday.

This is perhaps an indication that Clint Capela (thigh, hip) will be able to play today. Motiejunas isn't worth owning in any league.
Feb 4 - 2:07 PM

The Rockets have recalled Donatas Motiejunas from the D-League.

With Terrence Jones out and Clint Capela questionable for Thursday's game against the Suns, the Rockets will need Motiejunas for depth. He won't have a big role in the Rockets rotation going forward, however, and can be left on waivers in all fantasy leagues.
Feb 4 - 12:53 PM

The Rockets have sent down Donatas Motiejunas for another D-League stint.

He's working his way back into game shape in the D-League. As long as Josh Smith, Terrence Jones, Clint Capela and Montrezl Harrell are on the roster in Houston, Motiejunas belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues.
Feb 3 - 12:48 PM

Donatas Motiejunas (back) will not play on Tuesday vs. the Heat.

The big man is available, but the Rockets don't want to risk him until he gets his legs under him. In fact, D-Mo is expected to return to the D-League this week. Leave him on the wire.
Feb 2 - 7:23 PM

Donatas Motiejunas (back) will play one more stint in the D-League before returning to the Rockets.

Motiejunas was recalled from the D-League on Monday, but will rejoin the Rio Grande Valley Vipers for a two-game road trip this week. "I'm getting there," Motiejunas said. "Every day I'm feeling better and better. I had some time on the floor [Saturday] night. I felt great. It's real important for me at this point to get my confidence back and my game rhythm." While D-Mo is getting closer to a return, he won't have a big role in the Rockets rotation and can be left on waivers in all fantasy leagues.
Feb 2 - 9:58 AM

Rockets recall F/C Donatas Motiejunas from the D-League.

There is a good chance D-Mo heads back down to the D-League for more minutes as he continues his rehab, and he won't have a noteworthy role in Houston's rotation anyway with the team playing Trevor Ariza, Josh Smith and even Terrence Jones all ahead of Motiejunas.
Feb 1 - 1:12 PM

Donatas Motiejunas (back) has been assigned to the D-League as expected.

D-Mo is going to try and shake off some rust and get his legs back under him, but it's unclear how much time he will spend in the D-League. The Rockets will likely limit his minutes for the foreseeable future and their frontcourt is even more crowded with Josh Smith in town, so D-Mo is safe to leave on the wire in all leagues.
Jan 30 - 12:31 PM

Donatas Motiejunas (back) will be assigned to the D-League on Saturday.

He was getting up some shots on Friday, but he wants to go to the D-League to get some playing time and to shake the rust off. If D-Mo can show that he can stay healthy, the Rockets would be more willing to deal Terrence Jones. However, with Josh Smith now in Houston, D-Mo likely won't have more than a limited role off the bench this season.
Jan 29 - 12:14 PM

Donatas Motiejunas (back) has been doing a little bit of on-court work.

That's nice, but D-Mo still has no timetable to return and the Rockets will not rush him back before he's 100 percent. He is focused on strengthening his core, so hopefully he can get past this back issue when he eventually returns to the court. He is not worth stashing in almost any league.
Jan 23 - 1:47 PM

Donatas Motiejunas (back) still has no timetable for a return.

"We are taking it slow. We want to get him back to 100 percent," Rockets coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. "With him, it's big picture. We don't want to bring him back too soon. We don't want anymore setbacks. It's open-ended right now." His back issue is a serious concern, but obviously the Rockets aren't in any hurry to rush him back. D-Mo can be left on the wire in all leagues.
Jan 22 - 10:25 AM

Donatas Motiejunas (back) is getting treatment in the morning and still hasn't resumed workouts.

He is likely going to miss extended time here. Motiejunas had back surgery in the offseason and needed nine months off from games, so this is going to be a long process. Terrence Jones and Montrezl Harrell will get more power forward minutes behind Clint Capela. D-Mo isn't worth owning.
Jan 11 - 2:41 PM

J.B. Bickerstaff said that Donatas Motiejunas (back) is showing improvement, and has been more mobile lately, although he will remain sidelined for Sunday's game vs. the Pacers.

Motiejunas remains without an official timetable to return, and the Rockets are likely going to be extremely cautious in bringing him back after he suffered a setback with his surgically repaired back. He's not worth owning in most leagues.
Jan 10 - 5:23 PM

Donatas Motiejunas (back) is without a timetable to return.

This is not surprising for a guy who needed close to nine months to recover from back surgery. Motiejunas will likely be out for at least a week and he can be dropped in basically every league. Terrence Jones and Montrezl Harrell could play a little more.
Jan 6 - 2:49 PM

Donatas Motiejunas (back) did not practice on Wednesday and is doubtful to play against the Jazz on Thursday.

He did not play on Monday and he will not return until he is pain-free. Motiejunas not practicing today essentially rules him out for tomorrow unless he feels a lot better tomorrow. Terrence Jones will play slightly more along with possibly Montrezl Harrell. Also, the Rockets may be less likely to deal Jones with D-Mo hurting.
Jan 6 - 2:31 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Patrick Beverley
2Ty Lawson
SG1James Harden
2Jason Terry
3Marcus Thornton
4Remi Yusuf
SF1Trevor Ariza
2Corey Brewer
3K.J. McDaniels
4Sam Dekker
PF1Clint Capela
2Josh Smith
3Terrence Jones
4Montrezl Harrell
5Donatas Motiejunas
C1Dwight Howard