According to a report from HoopsHype, both the Dallas Mavericks and Boston Celtics are interested in trading for Houston Rockets’ big man Donatas Motiejunas. The Rockets have been looking to move him for the past few weeks, and there has been a good amount of interest in him. Houston also has been rumored to be shopping Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik, but they don’t appear to be headed anywhere at this time.
Motiejunas has played in 19 games this season with the Houston Rockets, averaging 2.9 points and 1.9 rebounds per game in just 8.5 minutes. He has been unable to earn a spot in the rotation due to Houston’s front-court being so crowded. Many analysts were expecting him to be a nice backup big, but other players have stepped up in a big way and have knocked him down. He’s still young and has a bright future in the league, he’ll just have to wait his turn.
At 23 years of age, he has a lot of talent and potential to take his game to another level. Motiejunas is 7’0″ and 222 pounds, which will make him a very formidable foe for any opponent whenever he does end up getting playing time. Both the Mavericks and Celtics could use help in the front-court, and Houston’s asking price likely won’t be too terribly high. It does look like Motiejunas is on pace to be traded before the deadline this season.
Due to his lack of playing time, it sounds as if Motiejunas asked the Rockets to begin searching for a trade. He has been a professional throughout the entire process and has been very patient, but he simply wants to play. The Rockets have been very high on him and still are, but the opportunity to get Dwight Howard was a move that they had to make despite the promising young talent that they have in Motiejunas.
All that being said, expect to see him get traded in the near future. It may not happen in the next week or two, but the February trade deadline is still far away and teams are looking to make some moves to acquire the pieces that they need. Don’t be surprised if a couple other teams show interest in him and make a trade offer before it’s all said and done.
Evan Massey is the Lead Editor for Hoops-Nation. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.