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Donatas Motiejunas | Center/Forward

Team: Houston Rockets
Age / DOB:  (24) / 9/20/1990
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 222
College: None
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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

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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

Donatas Motiejunas (back) will not play Wednesday vs. the Kings, as expected.

Motiejunas may be able to return before the regular-season ends, but with no clear return date in sight, he belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues. Josh Smith will continue to get all the run he can handle for however long Motiejunas and Terrence Jones (lung) are sidelined.
Mar 31 - 4:48 PM

Donatas Motiejunas (back) is expected to return before the regular season concludes.

GM Daryl Morey didn't offer a specific timetable or date, but it's good to hear that Motiejunas' back isn't a long-term concern. When he does return, the Rockets will likely bring him along slowly as to not to aggravate the issue,. If Terrence Jones (ribs, lung) is back by then, Houston will suddenly have a much deeper frontline.
Source: ESPN
Mar 30 - 10:11 AM

Donatas Motiejunas (back) is expected to miss the next 1-2 weeks.

He has low back pain and tightness, so the Rockets are going to be very thin at power forward. Motiejunas was playing very well and scored 21 points on Wednesday, but he's suddenly a cut candidate in all leagues. It'll be Josh Smith getting all the minutes he can handle until Terrence Jones (ribs, lung) can return -- he could be back next week.
Mar 27 - 7:46 PM

Donatas Motiejunas (back) will not play against the Wolves on Friday.

He could miss a couple more games because he couldn't even make it through shootaround today. With Donuts out, Josh Smith will start and could play minutes in the mid 30s. Expect to see more Trevor Ariza at the four.
Mar 27 - 6:22 PM

Donatas Motiejunas (back) is closer to doubtful for Friday's game against the Wolves and he could miss upcoming games, as well.

He couldn't even finish shootaround today, so he might need a few days off to get right. The Rockets are already without Terrence Jones (ribs, lung), so expect to see more minutes going to Josh Smith and Joey Dorsey. Trevor Ariza will also play some stretch four.
Mar 27 - 6:06 PM

Donatas Motiejunas (back) did not participate during shootaround, and he remains questionable for Friday's game vs. the Timberwolves.

Motiejunas isn't headed in the right direction after missing shootaround, so we're going to consider him closer to doubtful than questionable for tonight's game. If he's unable to go, Josh Smith would get all the run he can handle, and he'll be well worth a look as a plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Stay tuned.
Mar 27 - 11:44 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Ty Lawson
2Patrick Beverley
SG1James Harden
2Marcus Thornton
SF1Trevor Ariza
2Corey Brewer
3Sam Dekker
4K.J. McDaniels
PF1Terrence Jones
2Donatas Motiejunas
3Montrezl Harrell
C1Dwight Howard
2Clint Capela