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Report: Spurs nearing deal with veteran forward Donatas Motiejunas

Donatas Motiejunas

The San Antonio Spurs are reportedly adding Donatas Motiejunas to the roster.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the team is nearing a deal for the veteran forward/center. He has spent the last two years in China with the Shandong Golden Stars – posting averages of 27.4 points and 13.8 rebounds.

Motiejunas, 28, hasn’t played in the NBA since the 2016-17 season, where he served as one of their premier frontcourt members alongside Anthony Davis.

He was taken with the No. 20 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves. His draft rights were traded to the Houston Rockets the following day, where he would spend four seasons.

The Spurs are currently trying to avert a first-round bout against the Golden State Warriors when the postseason kicks off in a couple weeks. Head coach Gregg Popovich and the team have suddenly become avid in garnering the best group of talent possible in order to give them an outside shot at playoff success.

With Motiejunas, a stretch-4 type, Pop and the Spurs now have an intriguing frontcourt trio that already features LaMarcus Aldridge and Jakob Poeltl.

Prior to his stint in China, Donatas Motiejunas played five total seasons in the NBA, with his most successful tenure being with the Houston Rockets earlier in his career.

He’s averaged 7.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.1 assists on 46.9 percent shooting from the field.