The Houston Rockets are fresh off of a disappointing 4-2 series loss to the Portland Trail Blazers last week. They will have quite a few decisions to make in free agency this coming offseason, and one of those decisions will be about the future of big man Donatas Motiejunas. According to reports, Motiejunas is unsure of his future with the team, and could very well be moving in a different direction. Houston tried to trade him at the deadline this past season, but were unable to find a suitable trade partner to get something done.
“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.” - Donatas Motiejunas
Playing time was the main issue for Motiejunas this past season, and the Rockets don’t foresee that becoming more open anytime soon. They are very comfortable with their big man rotation on Dwight Howard, Omer Asik, and Terrence Jones, and there just weren’t enough minutes to get Motiejunas involved more. That could change next year, but it is more likely that the Rockets will look to move on from him.
Motiejunas played in 62 regular season games for the Rockets this year, starting in three of those appearances. He averaged 5.5 points and 3.6 rebounds, but was fairly inefficient on the offensive end of the court. There is a lot of room for improvement, and he will need to work hard this offseason. All that being said, he is still a very talented big man, and at 23 years of age has a bright future ahead of him.
Overall, the Rockets will look to move him once the offseason comes around. There will be plenty of interest from multiple teams, but it will all come down to whether or not Houston can find a deal that they feel is worth moving their front-court depth. Don’t be surprised to see Motiejunas with a new team next year.
Evan Massey is a Staff Writer for Hoops-Nation.com. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.