The Houston Rockets announced Monday afternoon that forward/center Donatas Motiejunas has been assigned to its D-League affiliate Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
Oct 16, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets power forward Donatas Motiejunas (20) drives against Orlando Magic power forward Solomon Jones (22) during the second half at Toyota Center. The Rockets won 108-104. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports
Affectionately known as ‘D-Mo’, the 7-footer from Lithuania has appeared in just 17 games this season, averaging 2.7 points and 1.5 rebounds.
D-Mo was also sent down to the Vipers last season, where he put up impressive numbers of 20.3 points and 9.7 rebounds in 7 games, before being called up.
This move also correlates with the Rockets’ front office and coaching staff anticipating on the return of Omer Asik very soon, who has been sidelined for the past 16 games. All signs indicate that Asik will remain in Houston, and solidify the back-up center spot behind Dwight Howard.