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Rockets sign Donatas Motiejunas to multi-year contract

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  1. Clutch

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    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Rockets signed Donatas Motiejunas today to a "multi-year contract".</p>&mdash; ClutchFans.net (@clutchfans) <a href="https://twitter.com/clutchfans/status/221294746839171072" data-datetime="2012-07-06T17:29:13+00:00">July 6, 2012</a></blockquote>
    <script src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>Press release:
    Rockets Sign Donatas Motiejunas

    HOUSTON – Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has signed former first-round pick Donatas Motiejunas to a multi-year contract. Selected 20th overall by Minnesota in the 2011 NBA Draft, Houston acquired the draft rights to the Lithuanian forward/center from the Timberwolves on June 24, 2011.

    Motiejunas (7-0, 222, Lithuania, pronounced doh-NAH-tahs moe-tee-YOU-nus) played this past season with Polish League champion Asseco Prokom Gdynia, averaging 15.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.35 steals in just over 26 minutes per game during the 2011-12 campaign. In Game Seven of the Polish League Finals, Motiejunas recorded game highs in points (23) and rebounds (11) while leading his club to the title. On December 7, 2011, Motiejunas pulled down a career-high 21 boards against Union Olimpija, as his 18 defensive rebounds were the most in a Euroleague game in the ULEB era (since 2000-01).

    An early entry candidate for the 2011 NBA Draft, Motiejunas played with Italy’s Benetton Treviso from 2009-11 and was the winner of the 2010-11 Eurocup Rising Star Trophy for the best U-23 player in the ULEB’s Eurocup competition. In 2008-09, Motiejunas played with Aisciai Kaunas and earned All-Star honors in Lithuania’s top league. He spent 2005-07 playing exclusively for Zalgiris-Sabonio mokykla Kaunas, which is Zalgiris Kaunas’ junior team in Lithuania’s second division. Motiejunas made his debut with the senior team in 2007-08, while splitting time with the junior squad. He also represented Lithuania in Junior National Team competition. His honors included MVP of the 2008 Nike International Junior Tournament and MVP of the 2008 U-18 European Championship. Motiejunas was also a member of the World Select Team at the 2009 Nike Hoop Summit, tallying 21 points (5-15 FG, 10-14 FT), eight rebounds and three assists.

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  2. TdashDUB

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    Glad it's official
     
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    You know. I was critical of all the posters here calling him a future HOFer, and I still am... but a part of me wants to see this guy get starter minutes and develop. Which is why I think we should get rid of Scola.
     
  4. Rodman23

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    can we trade him now?
     
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    All hail Motiejunas.......My favorite word "Asset"
     
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    Player option? Backloaded? Did he even come and visit? We need more details Mowree!!!!!
     
  9. Prince

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    Yeehah! at least some good news.
     
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    Best news of the off season.
     
  11. J.R.

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    delete
     
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    Asset #000314, welcome aboard.


    He is only 222lbs? I thought he had gotten up to 240? Ehh a couple of nights out with Maury he should put on some weight.
     
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    good sign!
     
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    As of right now, he's probably our starting center.
     
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    How good can he become? Someone like big Z.
     
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    So at least we know he wont be traded this week :grin:
     
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    Forward/Center

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    He is one guy i believe Morey won't deal along with Lamb and White.

    Scola, Martin, Picks, T. Jones, Morris, and the rest of the team are up for grabs.
     
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