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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
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Donatas Motiejunas reportedly hasn't had any extensive talks regarding his contract situation with the Rockets "in months."
Motiejunas remains a restricted free agent, but he just hasn't been generating any real interest anywhere, which could be due to the back issues that sidelined him for a majority of the 2015-16 season. If Motiejunas is able to strike a deal with Houston, his fantasy value would be nearly non-existent as he'd have a minimal role in backing up Ryan Anderson. Sep 29 - 5:25 PM
Source: ESPN

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According to The Vertical, the Rockets are still trying to re-sign Donatas Motiejunas.

The Rockets traded away Michael Beasley on Thursday and they expect to have Motiejunas on their opening-night roster. However, the two sides haven't made much progress in contract talks and D-Mo's agent said that he isn't pleased at the way the Rockets have handled the negotiations. D-Mo should have a role in Houston next season, but Ryan Anderson is going to be the primary PF and is a much better fantasy target.
Sep 23 - 10:10 AM

B.J. Armstrong, the agent for Donatas Motiejunas, remains upset at the way the Rockets have handled contract negotiations for his client.

It's been a weird year for Motiejunas, who was traded to Detroit and then returned to the Rockets due to long-term concerns over his back injury. Now a restricted free agent, the big man has not seen his market develop as desired due to Houston's ability to match any offer. "He wants me to make an offer and I'm not negotiating against myself," Armstrong said. "Daryl [Morey, the Rockets general manager] and I are talking, but at this point there's nothing to discuss." We're not expecting a sudden resolution.
Sep 17 - 3:30 PM

Donatas Motiejunas' agent, B.J. Armstrong, said contract talks with the Rockets haven't been progressing.

Motiejunas is scheduled to become a restricted free agent, but Armstrong would rather not get to that point. "They haven't made us a serious offer," Armstong said. "Our moment of truth will be Oct. 1. We'll make a decision on that day." While contract talks linger, Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni said D-Mo will have a significant role with the team, so he could be worth a late-round flier if the two sides are able to strike a deal.
Source: ESPN
Sep 15 - 9:38 AM

Donatas Motiejunas said that he's been "working out," and his back has not been giving him any problems.

Motiejunas spent most of the 2015-16 season recovering from back surgery, but he's now reportedly 100 percent healthy and pursuing his next contract. "I talked to my agent today, in the morning, and he told me that he's been talking with the Rockets the last couple of days," Motiejunas said. "Both sides are talking and trying to get an agreement." Motiejunas said that his preference would be to return to Houston, but a larger contract from another team could change his mind.
Jul 20 - 9:56 AM

The Rockets "hope" to re-sign Donatas Motiejunas, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.

This is somewhat surprising after Houston tried to trade D-Mo last season only to have him returned following a failed physical, but maybe there is no bad blood between the two sides. Given his back still isn't 100 percent and there have been no reports of registered interest from other teams, perhaps Motie decides to sign the qualifying offer in order to bet on himself and become an unrestricted free agent in 2017. The Rockets need additional depth at both power forward and center, something the big man could potentially help to provide.
Jul 4 - 10:24 AM

The Rockets have extended a qualifying offer to Donatas Motiejunas, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.

The move will make a D-Mo a restricted free agent and it would be a surprise to see him and up anywhere besides Houston next season. While Motiejunas can be a valuable bench piece, he doesn't do enough to warrant a roster spot in standard fantasy leagues.
Jun 30 - 11:49 AM

Donatas Motiejunas said he likely won't play for Lithuania in the Olympics because his back still isn't 100 percent.

"The specialists told me that it is necessary to strengthen it and I have to make specific exercises," Motiejunas said. "I still hope to play for Lithuania but I am aware that I may not play for the National Team." His back has been a major red flag for a while now and it's not a great sign that it's still bothering him two months after the Rockets' season ended. If anything, the durability issues should keep his price down as he enters restricted free agency.
Source: Sportando
Jun 26 - 10:01 AM

Donatas Motiejunas scored eight points (3-of-6 FGs) with four boards, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes on Sunday vs. the Warriors.

He was coming off a massive double-double with 14 points, 13 rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes in Game 3, but he wasn't anywhere near as productive in Game 4. The Rockets haven't gotten any consistent production out of the power forward spot all year, so it's not like this performance was a surprise. D-Mo will continue to be a shaky option in fantasy until the Rockets are inevitably eliminated from the playoffs.
Apr 24 - 6:32 PM

Donatas Motiejunas double-doubled vs. the Warriors in Game 3 on Thursday, scoring 14 points with 13 rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

Where did that come from? D-Mo averaged 7.5 points and 2.5 boards in the first two games of the series in 13.5 minutes, but the Rockets played with a more traditional lineup tonight and it seemed to work. There should be more small ball in Game 4 on Sunday with Stephen Curry (ankle) expected to be back for the Warriors, so fantasy owners should be cautious regarding D-Mo's big night.
Apr 22 - 12:41 AM

Donatas Motiejunas scored seven points in a start against the Warriors on Monday with three rebounds, one assist and two turnovers in 15 minutes.

He got some minutes at center tonight, but he was just overmatched by Draymond Green. Motiejunas won't play enough to be worth using in DFS.
Apr 19 - 1:25 AM

Donatas Motiejunas will get the start against the Warriors on Monday.

It'll push Corey Brewer to the bench. Coach J.B. Bickerstaff is looking for more action out of the post on both ends. Motiejunas is still way too risky to start in DFS while Brewer, K.J. McDaniels, Michael Beasley and Josh Smith lose appeal.
Apr 18 - 9:23 PM

Patrick Beverley talked about Donatas Motiejunas moving into the starting lineup.

Going small did not work out for the Rockets whatsoever, so a change makes sense. While the Warriors are known for their 3-pointers, the Rockets only contested 61 percent of the Warriors' two-point shots on Saturday. Motiejunas did not play until the fourth quarter in Game 1, so don't expect big minutes out of him. There will likely be less run for Corey Brewer and Josh Smith.
Apr 18 - 3:03 PM

Donatas Motiejunas came off the bench against the Warriors on Saturday, playing 12 minutes with eight points, two rebounds and three turnovers.

He did not play at all in the first three quarters and might not have played at all had the Rockets not been blown out. Motiejunas won't be worth using even if he gets back in the starting lineup.
Apr 16 - 6:28 PM

Donatas Motiejunas will move to the bench on Saturday.

He might not play at all here. Motiejunas has been pretty bad all season.
Apr 16 - 3:26 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Patrick Beverley
2Pablo Prigioni
3Tyler Ennis
SG1James Harden
2Eric Gordon
3P.J. Hairston
SF1Trevor Ariza
2Corey Brewer
3K.J. McDaniels
4Sam Dekker
PF1Ryan Anderson
2Donatas Motiejunas
3Montrezl Harrell
4Josh Smith
C1Clint Capela
2Nene Hilario
3Chinanu Onuaku