Donatas Motiejunas has been asking the Rockets for more playing time for a while now, but with the Rockets unable to ship off Omer Asik, those frontcourt minutes haven’t been around for Houston to give. It appears the Rockets are now looking to give Motiejunas those minutes another way — on a different team. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports (Twitter link), the Rockets have been calling teams in order to help find Motiejunas a new team.
Motiejunas shares an agent with Asik and before Houston reached their self-imposed December 19th Asik deadline, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle tweeted that Motiejunas was desperate for playing time. Prior to that tweet, Motiejunas had played in 12 games, averaging 7.5 MPG; he has since appeared in five games, averaging nearly 10 MPG.
Motiejunas has averaged 2.7 PPG and 1.5 RPG in the games he has played this season. He is currently in the second year of his rookie deal with the Rockets, who picked up his option for next season.