Motiejunas agreed to terms in July on a contract with the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association, Nicola Lupo of Sportando.com reports.
Motiejunas played in the CBA for the past two seasons with Shandong Golden Stars, so he's no stranger to the Chinese game. After his most recent CBA campaign ended, the 28-year-old signed a one-year deal with the Spurs in the spring, but appeared in just three regular-season contests. Motiejunas was unable to parlay his stint with the Spurs into a new deal or contract offers from other NBA teams, so he'll look to impress overseas again before potentially returning stateside next spring.
Motiejunas is available to play in Wednesday's matchup with the Nuggets, Tom Osborn of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
With Motiejunas having resolved the visa issues that prevented him from reporting to San Antonio, he was finally able to put pen to paper on the contract he agreed to more than a week ago, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. The big man should be ticketed for a depth role behind Jakob Poeltl and LaMarcus Aldridge at center and isn't a lock to be included in the Spurs' regular rotation. Motiejunas, who had been playing in China for the past two seasons, last appeared in the NBA in 2016-17. He averaged 4.4 points and 3.0 rebounds in 14.1 minutes per game in 34 outings with the Pelicans.
Motiejunas has yet to make his Spurs debut while he continues to work to secure a visa allowing him to travel to the United States, Lithuanian basketball journalist Donatas Urbonas reports.
Motiejunas came to terms with the Spurs on a contract more than a week ago and was expected to offer depth in the frontcourt after the team cut Pau Gasol. The visa issues have delayed his arrival and could prevent Motiejunas from entering the San Antonio rotation before the regular season comes to a close, though the Spurs remain optimistic the big man's situation will ultimately be resolved before long.
Motiejunas is finalizing a contract with the Spurs, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Motiejunas has spent time with the Rockets and, more recently, the Pelicans, but he's been playing overseas in China for the better part of the last two years. With the CBA season concluded, he'll return stateside to provide some added frontcourt depth down the stretch for a Spurs team that bought out Pau Gasol.
Motiejunas has agreed to a one-year, $3 million contract with the Shandong Golden Stars of China, Tomas Langvinis of 15min reports.
Motiejunas spent 34 games on the Pelicans last season, posting 4.4 points and 3.0 rebounds across 14.1 minutes per game while shooting 41.3 percent from the field. His new deal is just for one season, so the possibility still remains that he comes back to the NBA next season if he performs well overseas.
Motiejunas was listed as a DNP-CD for Monday's 108-100 loss against the Jazz.
Motiejunas didn't come off the pine despite the fact DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) was sidelined. Perhaps head coach Alvin Gentry didn't want to use him in back-to-back games, but Motiejunas looked good in Denver on Sunday when he posted 13 points and eight boards in 19 minutes. Gentry used just three players off his bench in the loss, with his starters logging heavy minutes.
Motiejunas (coach's decision) didn't see the floor in a 101-98 loss to the Spurs on Friday.
Coach Alvin Gentry ran a tight eight-man rotation in a close game Friday, leaving no room for Motiejunas, who only saw six minutes in the team's previous contest Wednesday against the Pistons. With a 27.3 percent mark from three-point range on the season, Motiejunas isn't providing the impact from beyond the arc the Pelicans expected, and his poor defense has generally made him a liability when he's taken the floor. Gentry might be content to explore different reserve options in the frontcourt at this point.
Motiejunas (lower leg) returned to Sunday's tilt against the Thunder after receiving stitches to close a laceration on his left shin.
The Pelicans' medical staff gave the big man the green light to head back into Sunday's game after he got stitches in the locker room. There doesn't seem to be any reason to believe he won't be available to play in the team's next contest Wednesday against the Pistons.
Motiejunas is probable to return to Sunday's matchup against the Thunder with a left shin laceration, which will require stitches.
Though the big man suffered a fairly serious cut on his calf, he'll probably return to Sunday's game after getting stitches in the locker room. If he doesn't make it back to the floor, Alexis Ajinca and Dante Cunningham would likely pick up additional minutes.
Motiejunas recorded seven points (2-6 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 3-4 FT), eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block across 22 minutes in a 105-99 loss to the Kings on Sunday.
Motiejunas has seen his playing time pick up in the last three contests, with the big man seeing at least 19 minutes in each game. Even so, his averages of 4.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.0 steal during that stretch don't give much of a compelling case to go out and grab him on the waiver wire in deeper leagues where he's available. It may take an extended absence to Anthony Davis before Motiejunas makes much of an impression in fantasy circles.
Motiejunas finished with 10 points (4-6 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 1-1 FT) to go along with seven rebounds, four assists, two blocked shots and a steal over 22 minutes in Friday's 119-103 win against the Spurs.
The Lithuanian big man has pieced together a three-game streak with 10 or more points, averaging 14.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.0 blocked shots during the stretch. The 7-footer played plenty of minutes despite the fact Anthony Davis (quadriceps) was back in action. He appears to be carving out a decent role in the New Orleans rotation, and he is worth a look in deeper fantasy formats.
Motiejunas registered 10 points (4-6 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT) and four rebounds across 17 minutes during a 114-105 loss to the Thunder on Wednesday.
Motiejunas reached double figures in scoring for the second consecutive contest, which marks the first time he's accomplished that feat in his brief time with the team. Anthony Davis (quad) was forced to leave Wednesday's game, so Motiejunas could be looking at increased minutes if the Pelicans' star is forced to miss any time. Motiejunas gets a tough matchup with the Spurs on Friday.
Motiejunas registered zero points (0-2 FG, 0-1 3Pt), two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block across eight minutes during a 98-95 loss to the Pacers on Monday.
Monday's game marked the second straight in which Motiejunas received single-digit minutes after he had averaged 18.3 minutes per game over the previous three outings. He has extremely minimal value with this kind of playing time as he has scored a total of two points over the last two contests. However, Anthony Davis was forced to leave the loss to Indiana in the third quarter after taking a hard fall, and if he misses time, Motiejunas could see his minutes jump back up again.
Motiejunas provided 11 points (4-5 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-4 FT), five rebounds, four assists and one steal across 20 minutes in a 117-108 loss to the Celtics on Saturday.
It was an impressive season debut for Motiejunas, who played a sizable role while working as a backup center behind Anthony Davis. He also saw about half of his time alongside Davis, with his three-point shooting skills making that arrangement tenable. It's not likely that the Pelicans have much more room to bump up Motiejunas' playing time beyond what he received Saturday, but even if he sticks in a 20-minute role, the seven-footer could maintain fantasy value in very deep formats.
Motiejunas (coach's decision) will play Saturday against the Celtics, Michael Pina of Vice Sports reports.
The recently acquired Motiejunas is set to make his season debut Saturday after gaining medical clearance earlier in the week. Depending on Motiejunas' conditioning, he could see a healthy amount of minutes at center, which would allow Anthony Davis to take over at power forward. However, given that this is Motiejunas' first game of the season, his immediate role is uncertain, which makes him a risky play in daily formats.
Motiejunas (coach's decision) will sit out Thursday's game against the Hawks, Bob Rathbun of Fox Sports Southeast reports.
After being medically cleared earlier in the week, there was some optimism that Motiejunas could be available for Thursday's tilt with the Hawks. However, it appears we'll have to wait at least another few days for his Pelican debut, as coach Alvin Gentry has officially ruled him out. Motiejunas stands to see most of his time at center moving forward, often working behind Anthony Davis when the Pelicans go small, so we could get a glimpse of his role as soon as Saturday's game against the Celtics.
Coach Alvin Gentry didn't rule out the possibility of Motiejunas making his season and Pelicans debut Thursday against the Hawks.
After officially signing Motiejunas to a one-year contract Monday, the Pelicans announced Tuesday that the big man has been fully medically cleared by team doctors, which had previously been an obstacle in finalizing a four-year, $35 million contract with the Rockets in December. Though Motiejunas has been limited to individual workouts for much of the offseason before joining the Pelicans on Monday, Gentry's suggestion that Motiejunas could play Thursday suggests he may not be too far behind the curve from a conditioning standpoint. Gentry also indicated that Motiejunas will see most of his time at center, a position that the Pelicans have been deploying Anthony Davis more frequently of late at the expense of Alexis Ajinca and Omer Asik. Unlike those latter two players, the seven-foot Motiejunas offers the ability to stretch the floor, and could end up filling a role similar to what Channing Frye provided for the Suns during Gentry's previous stint as Phoenix's head coach.
The Pelicans announced Tuesday that Motiejunas has been medically cleared to play, Justin Verrier of ESPN.com reports.
Motiejunas officially joined the Pelicans on Tuesday, signing what's believed to be a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum following a contractual fallout with the Rockets. The big man, who has battled back issues for much of his career, may still need some time to get acclimated to his new setting after having not participated in any formal practices or games, but the Pelicans have yet to rule him out for their next game Thursday against the Hawks.
Motiejunas officially signed a contract Tuesday with the Pelicans, Justin Verrier of ESPN.com reports.
The Pelicans didn't disclose the terms of the deal with Motiejunas, but earlier reports suggested that it will be a one-year contract for the veteran's minimum. The seven-footer has been looking for employment for the offseason, and after his four-year, $35 million contract with the Rockets was voided in December due to medical concerns, it looks like he's now finally found a new home. Because Motiejunas has been limited to solo workouts since becoming a free agent in the summer, he'll likely need additional time to improve his conditioning before coach Alvin Gentry turns to him as a rotation option. Once active, Motiejunas will offer some floor spacing to the Pelicans frontcourt, likely working as a backup to starters Anthony Davis and Dante Cunningham.
Motiejunas is in the process of working out a deal to sign with the Pelicans, ESPN's Marc Stein reports.
Motiejunas is reportedly signing a one-year deal with New Orleans for the veteran minimum, adding depth at forward for the Pelicans. The former Rocket averaged 6.2 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 1.1 assists in 37 games last season.
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