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Rockets to exercise team options on Donatas Motiejunas, Terrence Jones

NBA rookie-scale contracts give first-round picks two guaranteed seasons followed by two years with team options. Unlike most team options, these must be exercised a full year in advance. So, a team decides on a third-year option before a player’s second season and on a fourth-year option before a player’s third season. The annual deadline is Oct. 31 (or next business day if...
Via Pro Sports Daily
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Rockets plan to pick up options on Terrence Jones, Donatas Motiejunas

Though Rockets coach Kevin McHale called the Rockets’ power forward position open, saying he needs to see more physical defense and rebounding from the position, a vote of confidence for his returning power forwards, Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas, is expected before the season begins. The Rockets intend to pick up their fourth-year option on the contracts for both players...
Via Pro Sports Daily
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Team USA needs to take care of business on Sunday in FIBA Championship

On Thursday afternoon, in their semifinal game of the 2014 FIBA World Cup, Team USA destroyed Lithuania — with current NBAers Donatas Motiejunas and Jonas Valanciunas — by the score of 96-68 in yet another easy victory, the US’s eighth of the tournament. Kyrie Irving led the way with 18 points while James Harden and Klay Thompson contributed 16 apiece. Meanwhile, the day before...
Via Crossover Chronicles
September 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Team USA needs to take care of business on Sunday in FIBA Championship

On Thursday afternoon, in their semifinal game of the 2014 FIBA World Cup, Team USA destroyed Lithuania — with current NBAers Donatas Motiejunas and Jonas Valanciunas — by the score of 96-68 in yet another easy victory, the US’s eighth of the tournament. Kyrie Irving led the way with 18 points while James Harden and Klay Thompson contributed 16 apiece. Meanwhile, the day before...
Via Bloguin Best
September 12, 2014  |  Discuss

The International Underdogs

The FIBA World Cup, international basketball's every-four-years tournament that is structured similarly to FIFA's World Cup, starts today. One main difference between the two: the FIFA tournament is easily the most popular sporting event in the history of the world, while the FIBA competition isn't even the most prestigious international basketball tournament (that would...
Via The Sports Post
August 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Hamed Haddadi Tries Hard As Iran Loses To Lithuania 80-67

Former Memphis Grizzlies, Toronto Raptors and Phoenix Suns center 7’2 Hamed Haddadi tried as hard as he could to keep Iran from outright embarrassment as they were losing 80-67 to the far superior team from Lithuania. Head Coach Jonas Kazlauskas didn’t even start his two NBA players, Raptors Jonas Valanciunas and Rockets Donatas Motiejunas.
Via Pro Bball Report
August 22, 2014  |  Discuss

NBA Big Men Battle As Lithuania Defeats Brazil 64-61

NBA big men Raptors Jonas Valanciunas and the Rockets Donatas Motiejunas with Lithuania would battle Cavaliers Anderson Varejao, Wizards Nene Hilario and the NBA Champion Spurs Tiago Splitter representing Brazil in a friendly exhibition tune-up on Thursday. This game could have gone either way, but it was Lithuania that took control in the second half to pull out the difficult 64-61 victory.
Via Pro Bball Report
August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Pro Bball Report Week in Review 08/17/14

On Pro Bball Report last week: Drake fined $25k, Andrew Wiggins in Toronto, No Love for Timberwolves, Raptors primed for a fast start, Raptors want Rochester RazorSharks, Jordan Hamilton, Team Canada and Cory Joseph and Toronto, Bruno Caboclo dunks, Jonas Valanciunas domination and concerns, Rockets Donatas Motiejunas, Kings sign Sim Bhullar, Clippers sold, Regular season schedule...
Via Pro Bball Report
August 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Motiejunas And Valanciunas Pace Lithuania To Win Over Greece

Houston Rockets stretch power forward Donatas Motiejunas and Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas provided the inside out offense and twin towers defense that held Greece at bay in the first half as Lithuania cruised to an easy 86-67 victory. The Raptors center had 14 points and 6 boards. Motiejunas finished with a game-high 18 points and 7 rebounds on 6-10 shooting. The one...
Via Pro Bball Report
August 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Raptors Jonas Valanciunas Dominates Australia in 91-78 win

Lithuania coasted to an easy 91-78 win over Australia as the Toronto Raptors Jonas Valanciunas finished with 19 points and 8 boards. The Houston Rockets Donatas Motiejunas added 10 points and 7 rebounds. Former Rockets, Hornets and Raptors player David Andersen led Australia with 19 points and 5 boards. The Cavaliers Matthew Dellavedova had 8 points and 6 assists. The Spurs Aron...
Via Pro Bball Report
August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

NBA: Rockets’ Donatas Motiejunas Interested in Playing for the Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers have a long history of being an attractive destination for NBA players. The combination of a winning tradition, large market, and beautiful weather, among other factors, have always presented a substantial amount of intrigue for an immense amount of the league’s players. The latest name with a desire to play for the Lakers is far from the premier talent that...
Via Standing O Sports
August 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Donatas Motiejunas says Dwight Howard & James Harden "don't eat" with the rest of the Rockets

Could Dwight Howard & James Harden be bigger douchejuices? Rockets center Donatas Motiejunas, D-Mo, spoke with Lithuanian journalist Simonas Baranauskas about his former teammate, Jeremy Lin, as well as H&H. And it wasn't pretty, for H&H.On Lin:D-Mo on @JLin7: "I got along best w/ Jeremy Lin. He was really supportive when I was in the D-League. Kept in touch...
Via Bob's Blitz
August 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Rockets Player Says Harden & Howard Won’t Eat With Teammates

The Beard and Dwight have made it clear that they see themselves as superstars, cornerstones or whatever adjective they can think of and everyone else on the team are just role players. That isn’t necessarily untrue, but one has to remember that roles players no matter how great the stars are play a big role (no pun intended) in the success of the team. Depending on how great of...
Via BlackSportsOnline
August 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Rockets Player Says Harden & Howard Don’t Eat With Role Players

The Houston Rockets dynamic duo of Dwight Howard and James Harden seem to be taking their big-two phrase literally.  Rockets backup center Donatas Motiejunas believes the two stars look down on their less talented teammates. Motiejunas told Simonas Baranauskas that the duo doesn’t even eat with role players. D-Mo on relationships with Howard and Harden: "Hi & bye. They...
Via Thacover2
August 08, 2014  |  Discuss

FIBA World Cup Spain 2014: Lithuania

Three-time FIBA EuroBasket champions Lithuania prepare for the anticipated FIBA World Cup Spain 2014, with Jonas Kazlauskas’ FIBA world ranked number four outfit aiming for major accolades after losing to Boris Diaw-inspired France 66-80 in the FIBA EuroBasket Slovenia 2013 Final inside the Arena Stozice in Ljubljana; basketball is officially recognized as the national sport of...
Via Overtime
August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Lithuania Waiting On Raptors Jonas Valanciunas

With the arrival of the Houston Rockets Donatas Motiejunas, the only player Lithuania's National Team is still waiting on to show up is Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas.
Via Pro Bball Report
July 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Donatas Motiejunas doesn’t think Rockets should have paid Chandler Parsons James Harden money

James Harden signed what was then a max contract extension with the Rockets back on Halloween of 2012. That netted him $13.7 million last season, and he will make $14.7 million next year. However, the salary cap has risen quickly in recent years, so guys getting max extensions this year can make a little more — Chandler Parsons is also going to make $14.7 million next season,...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Bulls Duo Get Summer League Honors

Posted to The Bull PenChicago Bulls’ Tony Snell and Doug McDermott received All-First Team honors for this year’s Las Vegas Summer League. The pair was named to the All-NBA Summer League team along with the Washington Wizards’ Glen Robinson Jr. and Otto Porter and Donatas Motiejunas of the Houston Rockets. McDermott and Snell both had very impressive Summer League showings...
Via Sports Mockery
July 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Rockets Advance to Summer League Championship

Who: Houston Rockets vs. (winner of Kings/Wizards) When: Monday, July 21st at 8:00pm CST Where: Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, NV Live Coverage: NBATV (FREE) or Summer League Live ($4.99) Rockets started off in a sluggish 0-4 start in Summer League, but are currently riding a 5-game winning streak! Thanks to the dominance of Donatas Motiejunas and Isaiah Canaan, the Rockets...
Via Rockets Social
July 20, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NBA Vegas Summer League Recaps 7/19/14: Day 9

Photo Credit: Justin Brown via www.photopin.com     The last eight teams remaining of the 2014 NBA Vegas Summer League took the court today and the games were very competitive.  This is surprising for exhibition games, but players are taking this seriously and trying to make impressions to coaches, scouts and general managers.  Here is the breakdown of what happened on day nine...
Via Tha Sports Junkies 101
July 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Donatas Motiejunas Unsure About Future With Rockets

Donatas Motiejunas said he is happy with the Houston Rockets but also admitted he wants to play more and is unsure whether that will occur with the organization. “I want to try for things to work out for me here but at the same time I want to play so we’ll see if this team has time for me or not on the court,” Motiejunas said. Motiejunas played in 62 games and fell in and...
Via RealGM
May 05, 2014  |  Discuss

LA Lakers Just Keep Losing

The Lakers lost for the fifth straight game with a 145-130 reversal at home to Houston on Tuesday. Terrence Jones and James Harden each scored 33. The later got 18 of those points in the very productive third quarter for the Rockets, as well as dishing out 12 assists in the game. Omer Asik and off the bench Donatas Motiejunas also contributed to the visitors success with 15 rebounds...
Via TopSportsReport
April 16, 2014  |  Discuss

LA Lakers Lose Two More

The Lakers lost for the fifth straight game with a 145-130 reversal at home to Houston on Tuesday. Terrence Jones and James Harden each scored 33. The later got 18 of those points in the very productive third quarter for the Rockets, as well as dishing out 12 assists in the game. Omer Asik and off the bench Donatas Motiejunas also contributed to the visitors success with 15 rebounds...
Via TopSportsReport
April 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Blake Griffin Forced to Leave Game Against Rockets With Back Injury

Houston's road to victory against the Los Angeles Clippers may have gotten a little easier in the first quarter. Somehow Blake Griffin injured his back when trying to jockey for position with Donatas Motiejunas and had to head back to the locker room. @cjzero/TwitterNo one has picked up the slack yet since he's been out. Early in the second quarter he still leads the Clippers...
Via FatManWriting
March 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Rockets don’t want to trade Donatas Motiejunas

The agent for Houston Rockets big man, Donatas Motiejunas, has attempted to find a trade for the disgruntled power forward. There’s no word if he’s been successful in finding a suitor (the Dallas Mavericks and Boston Celtics were rumored to have interest) but he’s going to find difficulty in brokering a trade if the Rockets themselves don’t want to move Motiejunas, which...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 26, 2014  |  Discuss
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