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Donatas Motiejunas | Center/Forward | #12

Team: College Player
Age / DOB:  (27) / 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 will reportedly re-sign with Shandong in China next season.
Motiejunas, who was plagued by injuries throughout his NBA career, played 34 games for the Pelicans in 2016-17. However, unable to secure another NBA contract, he went overseas last year, playing for Shandong. His contract for 2018-19 will reportedly pay $3 million. Jun 16 - 1:01 PM

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Donatas Motiejunas has reportedly agreed to a deal with the Shangdong Golden Stars of China.

The deal is reportedly for $3 million, but it's unclear if it includes an NBA out-clause. Either way, he'll begin the 2017-18 season overseas, so he's firmly off the radar in all formats.
Source: Sportando
Tue, Aug 8, 2017 03:06:00 PM

Donatas Motiejunas has received a strong offer to play in China next season.

Motiejunas' injury issues prevented him from securing a lucrative NBA contract last season, and he has yet to receive an NBA offer this summer either. Motiejunas has had interest from European clubs, but a team in the Chinese League has reportedly offered $1.5 million, which is his highest offer at this point.
Sat, Jul 29, 2017 11:18:00 AM

Donatas Motiejunas said that he while he would prefer to play in the NBA next season, he would consider returning to Europe as well.

Motiejunas had a nightmare 2016-17 season due to injuries and contract disputes. He is currently suing the Rockets and the NBA over his contract issues. Motiejunas finished the season with the Pelicans but does not believe he is a fit in New Orleans. "[The Pelicans] don't need me, they already have 4-5 big man on the roster for the next season," said Motiejunas. His preferred NBA destinations are San Antonio, Golden State, Utah or Washington.
Tue, May 16, 2017 09:25:00 AM

Donatas Motiejunas is suing the Rockets and the NBA over his contract issues from earlier this season, according to the Sporting News.

According to the Sporting News, a settlement could be reached next week. He sat out the first two months of the season as this issue played out. The Nets offered a four-year, $35 million deal back in December, but the Rockets offered a deal to match. After Motiejunas failed a physical, that negated a trade that would've sent him to Detroit.
Fri, May 12, 2017 05:49:00 PM

Donatas Motiejunas finished with 13 points and eight rebounds over 19 minutes in Sunday's game against the Nuggets.

Motiejunas was leaned upon a little more heavily with DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) sidelined and the game out of hand for most of the second half. He entered the game with a total of 29 minutes played over the pst six games with just four total points, so don't get terribly excited about this output. Unless Cousins is forced to miss more time Motiejunas is only worth a look in the deepest of fantasy leagues.
Sun, Mar 26, 2017 10:30:00 PM

Donatas Motiejunas did not score in six minutes against the Pistons on Wednesday with five rebounds and one turnover.

Even with DeMarcus Cousins, Motiejunas still couldn't do much. He just hasn't been very good and he isn't spacing the floor like the Pelicans were hoping he would. He'll likely be a DNP-CD.
Wed, Mar 1, 2017 11:35:00 PM

Donatas Motiejunas (left shin laceration) returned to Sunday's game to finish with six points, four rebounds and one steal in 23 minutes.

Motie left for a while in the first half to get some stitches, but this isn't an injury that should jeopardize his status going forward. His minutes were inflated due to DeMarcus Cousins' foul trouble tonight, so don't read anything into this performance.
Sun, Feb 26, 2017 09:52:00 PM

Donatas Motiejunas (left shin laceration) is probable to return to Sunday's game.

He'll need a few stitches but it sounds like he's fine.
Sun, Feb 26, 2017 08:19:00 PM

Donatas Motiejunas was a DNP-CD on Saturday.

This signing just isn't working out and it was a bit misguided from the get-go because the Pelicans wanted him to space the floor a la Channing Frye. Motiejunas is not going to have value while the frontcourt is healthy.
Sun, Feb 26, 2017 12:03:00 AM

Donatas Motiejunas scored two points with four rebounds, one assist, one steal and three turnovers in 19 minutes against the Wolves on Friday.

The Pelicans wanted him to be a Channing Frye-type contributor, but Motiejunas just can't make shots like Frye can. Even with Terrence Jones (thumb) out, Donuts still couldn't do much, so that is a bad sign going forward.
Sat, Feb 11, 2017 01:15:00 AM

Donatas Motiejunas did not score with two assists in five minutes against the Wizards on Saturday.

He was picking up steam, but he's lost all of it already. Motiejunas will need a few things to happen to have value in most leagues.
Sat, Feb 4, 2017 09:52:00 PM

Donatas Motiejunas vanished in 12 minutes on Wednesday, grabbing three rebounds without attempting any field goals or free throws.

The Pelicans had won eight straight against the Pistons, going back to Feb. 2013, but their defense betrayed them in a 118-98 drubbing tonight. Motiejunas didn't help on that end, and he obviously wasn't scoring the ball, so coach Alvin Gentry opted to cut his minutes. He has been shooting well lately, but his upside is limited while Anthony Davis and Terrence Jones are around.
Wed, Feb 1, 2017 11:56:00 PM

Donatas Motiejunas scored 10 points with four rebounds and two assists in 22 minutes on Sunday against the Wizards.

Motiejunas has played at least 17 minutes in four consecutive games and has scored 10 or more points in each of those contests. He has received more run as of late and has been efficient, but we would like to see more of this on a consistent basis before considering him a pickup. Fantasy owners can add him to their watch list at this time.
Sun, Jan 29, 2017 08:45:00 PM

Coach Alvin Gentry said the Pelicans did a good job after Donatas Motiejunas came into Friday's game against the Spurs.

"I thought we started to move the ball a lot more," Gentry added. This is interesting. D-Mo entered the game for Solomon Hill with a 15-7 lead, but checked out with a 38-37 lead after 11 minutes. Motiejunas did turn in arguably his most well-rounded line on Friday, scoring 10 points with seven rebounds, four assists, one steal, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes. We'd like to see him do it again before signing off on him as a pickup.
Sat, Jan 28, 2017 05:01:00 PM

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