Houston Rockets recall Donatas Motiejunas from Rio Grande Valley Vipers

via Rockets press release:

Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has recalled forward/center Donatas Motiejunas from Houston’s single-affiliation NBA D-League partner Rio Grande Valley.

Motiejunas (7-0, 222, Lithuania), who was assigned to Rio Grande Valley on Nov. 13, averaged 24.0 points and 9.5 rebounds in two starts with the Vipers. In Friday’s season opener against Bakersfield, Motiejunas led the team with 31 points and eight boards in 36 minutes. Last night, he posted a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds against the Jam.

I think this is more a case of D-Mo having nothing left to gain down in the Valley, after destroying the competition, than it is of him being needed in the rotation.  He doesn’t really have any skills left that need to be honed against the underlings – he just has to get reps against the big boys, at this point.

At the same time, with Terrence Jones somewhat fizzling off, and with the staff perhaps feeling reaffirmed in the importance of a stretch shooting-4 for this offense, maybe a case could be made that ‘Mo will get some burn.  We’ll find out on Tuesday.

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