Report: Spurs interested in Donatas Motiejunas?
The NBA offseason is still months away but that doesn't mean rumors are taking a back seat.
According to a report, the San Antonio Spurs (among other teams) are interested in 7-footer Donatas Motiejunas, who last appeared in 34 games with the New Orleans Pelicans during the 2016-17 season.
The 26-year-old soon-to-be unrestricted free agent is wishing he can sign with a top playoff contender in 2018 and mentions San Antonio, Golden State, Utah and Washington.
If the report is true, Motiejunas could be a good fit for San Antonio.
He is a big that can put the ball on the floor as well as shoot from long distance, even though it is not at a high rate. Him being able to knock down the long ball can help spread the floor.
He is a big body that could help San Antonio in the paint where they have shown weakness through the season and again, in the playoffs.
Motiejunas had a rocky year as a restricted free agent last season. He signed a four-year, $37 million offer sheet with the Brooklyn Nets. The Houston Rockets later matched the offer but reportedly voided the deal after Motiejunas failed to take a physical.
At 7-foot, Motiejunas uses his size to get to the rim. During the 2016-17 season, Motiejunas finished at high-rate in the paint whether it was off dunks or layups. He only attempted two dunks and finished them both but seems to have no problem finishing layups as he went 17-of-24 (70%).
He also likes to show his shooting ability. During the season he attempted 80 jump shots. What is disheartening is he only knocked down 23 of them.
That is not what San Antonio would be looking for in Montiejunas. In the paint is where he can establish his game, and does so at a good rate. He can help fill the void of what San Antonio is not getting from LaMarcus Aldridge or Pau Gasol.
Of course there is the issue of Gasol and Aldridge. Pau has stated he is likely to pick up his player option and stay in San Antonio and Aldridge is still under contract. Will Donatas be willing to take a back seat to these established NBA vets?
Keep in mind, this is just what Donatas is saying so take it with a grain of salt. He could be trying to start a bidding war among the NBA's cream of the crop.
We'll just have to wait and see if the Spurs will make a move to bring the big man to San Antonio.