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Houston Rockets trying to bring back Donatas Motiejunas

Donatas Motiejunas has had an eventful year. The Lithuanian big man had packed his bags, ready to head to the Motor City just before the NBA trade deadline, when the Detroit Pistons were forced to pull out of the move due to health issues. Motiejunas was due for a fresh start in the Eastern Conference but when the trade was voided, he had to find a way to readjust.

Things can change in the space of a couple of months, as now the Rockets are aiming to sign the restricted free agent to a new deal to keep him in Houston, according to Jonathan Felgen of the Houston Chronicle.

The big man played only thirty seven games in the last NBA season, due to the aforementioned health issues. A large part of his year was spent rehabbing after having to undergo surgery on his back. When he was healthy, he found a way to contribute in the 2015-16 campaign but is still to live up to what many believe to be his potential.

Houston reportedly feel as though Motiejunas can improve this year, due to his high skill level and improving physical condition. The team recently lost Dwight Howard and acquired a capable stretch-four in Ryan Anderson, but they are hoping that fan-favorite ‘D-Mo’ can return to strengthen their front court.

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