Acquiring Donatas Motiejūnas?
Old 10-31-2013, 05:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Just a interesting idea. D-Mo (that's his crazy American-made nickname) played solid together with JV during the EuroBasket 2013. He also been solid during pre-season games, along with Howard, however from what I saw during yesterday's Rockets game - it's going to be another bust season for him as he didn't got any minutes on the court, which reminds previous season when Rockets was sending him to D-League and recalling like every few weeks. McHale is so crazy that he rather lets two true centers (Asik and Howard) play than Howard with other PF.
Motiejūnas is a true mobile PF with impressive post moves arsenal, ability to shoot 3-pointer or mid-ranger, has decent rebounding ability (he repeated Euroleague's rebounding record two years ago) and is impressively hard-working during workouts (Lithuania national team coach Kazlauskas said many times that D-Mo comes first to the training hall and leaves last). His only questionable thing is defense (actually not for me, as he does his best at it too), but since Raptors have JV, which is more defender than scorer, that shouldn't be a huge issue. After all, D-Mo can also create more opportunities for JV because of his 3-pointer ability, which allows dragging his opponent to the 3-point line and by that leaving center 1x1 (JV seems to be good at that). Previously D-Mo was considered to be much better player than JV, but thanks to Rockets who almost completely destroyed his reputation and dreams of Scola Nr. 2 (that's his favorite player). Since Raptors have Hansbrough, why not to trade Gray for D-Mo? JV, Hans, Amir, D-Mo could look interesting.
He may sound familiar with Bargnani, but that's absolutely not true. First of all, he isn't selfish, secondly he does his best at rebounding and really cares about team results. Could be really interesting addition to JV in Raptors as they could be starting Raptors big mans in the future. What do you think, folks?
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Old 10-31-2013, 06:13 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't think it's possible. He's a perfect pair beside Dwight if he could stretch the floor and he's only in his second year. What do we have to give up?

Not that I'd want him anyway lol.

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Old 10-31-2013, 06:14 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I don't think it's possible. He's a perfect pair beside Dwight if he could stretch the floor and he's only in his second year. What do we have to give up?

Not that I'd want him anyway lol.

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Rockets ignores him second season in a row... They enjoy Asik and Howard duo more than him with Howard. Look how they messed up with Lin. D-Mo seems to be a similar story.
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why not.
but gray for d-mo, you would have to give up a 1st pick i suppose to do that.

but i suppose gray + 1st NYK for d-mo can be done. Houston have 3 or 4 PF, so maybe they will consider it. but frankly i think they will be more attract to a player like Novak than gray. and if it's he case, there goes our 3pts specialist.
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They definitely looked like they had great chemistry over the summer.
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why not.
but gray for d-mo, you would have to give up a 1st pick i suppose to do that.

but i suppose gray + 1st NYK for d-mo can be done. Houston have 3 or 4 PF, so maybe they will consider it. but frankly i think they will be more attract to a player like Novak than gray. and if it's he case, there goes our 3pts specialist.
If rumors about trading Gay and DeRozan are true, why not to include D-Mo into this blockbuster trade as a small piece? Rockets could get something useful instead from other teams.
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Lithuanians everywhere I guess want join our board.

If MU wanted to do it, I'd offer Austin Daye, nothing more. No picks to Houston. BC's not here anymore.
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If MU wanted to do it, I'd offer Austin Daye, nothing more. No picks to Houston. BC's not here anymore.
They have Parsons, Jones and Casspi. I don't think they would be interested in Daye for D-Mo. How about Gray + Daye for D-Mo?
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They have Parsons, Jones and Casspi. I don't think they would be interested in Daye for D-Mo. How about Gray + Daye for D-Mo?
Daye only. D-Mo isn't worth more- Euro league chemistry doesn't translate to the NBA, except in Lithuanian folklore.
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I'd offer Austin Daye, nothing more.
You gotta be kidding me...
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Daye only. D-Mo isn't worth more- Euro league chemistry doesn't translate to the NBA, except in Lithuanian folklore.
Daye is a scrub SF, D-Mo is one of the best young European big mans. That doesn't sound legit. lol
The problem about him is not that he is unable to translate into NBA. The problem is that Rockets acquired Howard with Asik remaining on the roster. If Asik would be traded, he would probably become Rockets starting-five member as he suits perfectly with standard centers.
After all, imagine JV beside Asik and Howard. He would die from sitting on the bench.

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Daye is a scrub SF, D-Mo is one of the best young European big mans. That doesn't sound legit. lol
The problem about him is not that he is unable to translate into NBA. The problem is that Rockets acquired Howard with Asik remaining on the roster. If Asik would be traded, he would probably become Rockets starting-five member as he suits perfectly with standard centers.
After all, imagine JV beside Asik and Howard. He would die from sitting on the bench.
Looking at last night's numbers I don't think the Rockets want to change that Howard/Asik combo...
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Looking at last night's numbers I don't think the Rockets want to change that Howard/Asik combo...
That's the reason why D-Mo might be available for trades.
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Looking at last night's numbers I don't think the Rockets want to change that Howard/Asik combo...
Ergo- D-Mo is worth Daye, nothing more. MU isn't here to help the Rockets.
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Ergo- D-Mo is worth Daye, nothing more. MU isn't here to help the Rockets.
I wouldn't say their value is equal. Daye is a 12th man who got the opportunity to play and couldn't stick with a team, even a bad Pistons team (we're his third now).

Motie is still with the team that drafted him, is viewed as a prospect and hasn't had the time to shine.

Therefor Motie is more valuable right now than Daye...

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Ergo- D-Mo is worth Daye, nothing more. MU isn't here to help the Rockets.
You're probably one of these Raps fans who were whining after drafting JV...
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I have to add that I'm against bringing in another Lithuanian. Kleiza was useful cause he could help Val get used to NBA life but Motie can't teach him anything.

I don't want Val and Motie to form a Lithuanian enclave in the Raps locker room. I want Val to integrate as much as possible.
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You're probably one of these Raps fans who were whining after drafting JV...
Hate to disappoint you....I was happy.
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I have to add that I'm against bringing in another Lithuanian. Kleiza was useful cause he could help Val get used to NBA life but Motie can't teach him anything.

I don't want Val and Motie to form a Lithuanian enclave in the Raps locker room. I want Val to integrate as much as possible.
Motiejūnas won't form enclave. That's for sure. I noticed that the only enclave for him is himself as it seems he likes more to workout hard than do pranks or something (for example during Lithuania national team games he was mostly taking the last spot on the bench and torturing himself after unsuccessful episodes on court). He also don't enjoy talking with media much (especially after games), but don't get me wrong as he isn't shy and has a decent sense of humor, a lot of charisma (much more than JV), perfect English language communication skills.
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(it was successful game for him: 11 pts, 4 rebs)

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They have Parsons, Jones and Casspi. I don't think they would be interested in Daye for D-Mo. How about Gray + Daye for D-Mo?
Sure, but why would Morey give up Motiejunas and release one of his other players to get Gray+Daye?

I think Motiejunas will get his chances eventually. They are starting Asik because Asik is a very good player, even if he's not a great fit. He's their 3rd best player. Besides, they don't want him to lose trade value.

But Asik and Howard are only playing some 10-15 minutes together. There are still 30+ minutes available at PF. Motiejunas has every chance to get those minutes, if he proves he's good enough. But right now they'd rather go small and play Garcia+Parsons at forward spots than give those minutes to Motiejunas. And that's because Motiejunas has issues with defense, rebounding, and his shooting still needs a lot of work. Until he fixes some of those flaws, he'll struggle to get consistent minutes. But it doesn't mean that they'll just give him away for nothing.
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