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Donatas Motiejunas | Center/Forward | #20

Team: Houston Rockets
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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Numerous outlets are reporting that the Rockets and Donatas Motiejunas' have agreed to a new deal.
It appears the drama is finally over. Motiejunas' deal with the Rockets is worth $31 million if hits no bonuses, $35 million if hits all likely bonuses and $37 million if hits every possible bonus. Although he has an intriguing upside, Motiejunas will only likely see limited minutes off the bench in Houston, especially initially as he works his way back into game shape. Dec 9 - 10:22 AM

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The Rockets will hold Donatas Motiejunas to the offer sheet he signed, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.

This means they won't be returning him to restricted free agency. The Rockets are going to play the waiting game and hope D-Mo changes his mind, as he is reportedly at odds with Houston because of a difference of nearly $6 million from the offer sheet he signed with the Nets. He won't have much fantasy value in Houston, so he's not a great stash unless his situation changes.
Dec 8 - 2:10 PM

Donatas Motiejunas won't report to the Rockets because of a difference of nearly $6 million from the offer sheet he signed with the Nets, according to Calvin Watkins of

Motiejunas signed a four-year, $37 million offer sheet with the Nets last week, but the Rockets only had to match the principle terms of the offer sheet. That explains the $6 million difference. According to the report, "Houston's options are to keep their first-refusal exercise notice open and wait for Motiejunas to report. If he doesn't report, Houston can pull the offer Thursday and Motiejunas would become a restricted free agent."
Dec 7 - 2:55 PM

Donatas Motiejunas will not report to Houston to take a physical and join the team, per Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

Motiejunas, a restricted free agent, signed an offer sheet with Brooklyn last week but the Rockets decided to match. As recently as last week, Motiejunas had said he would be open to a return to Houston, but obviously something has gone wrong. Per Woj, the Rockets and Motiejunas' representatives are discussing what the next steps will be. Motiejunas would only have seen limited minutes in Houston, so the fantasy implications here are relatively minor.
Dec 6 - 12:49 PM

The Rockets have reportedly matched Donatas Motiejunas' offer sheet from the Nets.

Motiejunas may have been able to put up some low-end fantasy value in Brooklyn, but now he'll be fighting for reserve minutes in Houston with the likes of Nene and Montrezl Harrell. Motiejunas has been training in Canada, but his conditioning likely isn't where it needs to be, and he still needs to pass a physical before he's allowed to play. This is far from an ideal situation in fantasy hoops, so he can remain on the wire in most scenarios.
Dec 5 - 5:03 PM

The Nets have signed Donatas Motiejunas to a four-year, $37 million offer sheet.

Wow. The Rockets will have three days to match, but that doesn't seem likely. D-Mo didn't have many suitors this summer because his troublesome back raised several red flags, but clearly that didn't faze the Nets. Assuming the Rockets don't match, D-Mo could find minutes at both the four and five in Brooklyn and could have some value in deeper leagues -- he averaged 6.2 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.4 treys in 14.8 minutes per game in 2015-16 with Houston. For now, Trevor Booker's owners shouldn't be too worried.
Dec 2 - 7:40 PM

Donatas Motiejunas is expected to sign an offer sheet with the Nets, but the Rockets are not ready to give up hope that they might him.

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has been told to expect to receive an offer sheet, possibly as soon as Friday. Motiejunas had met with the Brooklyn Nets this week and had been examined by their team physicians as the Nets prepare an offer sheet. "We're big fans of Donatas," Morey said. "We hope to have him at some point this year. It's our understanding he will probably sign something in the next day. We won't know until it's official. We don't know how much it will be." The Rockets would have three days to match an offer sheet or let him join the Nets. From a fantasy perspective, landing in Brooklyn offers more upside for Motiejunas.
Dec 2 - 11:07 AM

The Nets are reportedly preparing an offer sheet for Donatas Motiejunas.

Assuming the Rockets don't match the offer sheet in the next three days, Motiejunas will become a member of the Nets. It's unclear what shape he's in, but he's worth a speculative pickup in deeper leagues as he'll see minutes in Brooklyn.
Dec 1 - 1:54 PM

Donatas Motiejunas is reportedly upset that the Rockets undervalued him.

The Rockets pulled their most recent offer to the restricted free agent and Motiejunas is reportedly getting offers from overseas. While Motiejunas is reportedly getting offers from other NBA teams, he doesn't have any fantasy value at the moment.
Nov 24 - 9:21 AM

The Rockets have pulled their most recent offer to restricted free agent Donatas Motiejunas.

Today is the last day players can sign and still be trade eligible before the NBA trade deadline on Feb. 23. Motiejunas and the Rockets haven't seen much progress since July, so a deal may not get done. If he signs overseas, D-Mo will remain a restricted free agent.
Nov 23 - 2:25 PM

The Rockets will try and finalize a deal with Donatas Motiejunas on Wednesday.

Wednesday is the final day that a player can sign and still be traded during the 2016-17 season, but given that there's been zero progress in the negotiations up to this point, it would be surprising to see a deal come to fruition.
Nov 23 - 10:08 AM

There have reportedly been no negotiations or ongoing talks and no changes in the Rockets' $7 million offer to Donatas Motiejunas.

Motiejunas is training in Vancouver, and he's generated very little interest as a free agent. He's hoping for a bigger payday, but that just doesn't seem likely at this point.
Nov 16 - 9:48 AM

ESPN sources say Houston's latest offer to Donatas Motiejunas is a multiyear deal that starts at a fully guaranteed $7 million.

Motiejunas was reportedly seeking a deal north of $5.0 million per season, so we shall see if the two sides are close to an agreement. Motiejunas certainly has some fantasy upside, but if he signs soon, he will likely need weeks to get into game shape before he is active and seeing time in games.
Nov 4 - 1:59 PM

Donatas Motiejunas (contract dispute) is doubtful to play on opening night.

Motiejunas' qualifying offer has now expired, but there's still a chance he and the Rockets could come to terms on a deal before the final roster cuts are made on Monday. However, even if he does agree to sign with Houston, he missed all of training camp and the preseason, so his conditioning is likely an issue. Until he actually has a contract with a team, there's no reason to draft him in any league.
Source: ESPN
Oct 23 - 5:41 PM

The Rockets and Donatas Motiejunas haven't made any progress on a new contract.

Motiejunas is reportedly seeking a two- or three-year deal worth much more than $4.4 million per season (the qualifying offer amount). The qualifying offer expired on Oct. 1, but the Rockets could still offer D-Mo a one-year deal for the same amount of money. The problem for D-Mo is that not many other teams have cap space to work with and his back problems have raised reg flags around the league. Unless D-Mo re-signs, it looks like Sam Dekker could be the backup four in Houston.
Source: ESPN
Oct 17 - 10:52 AM