Quite a poor turn of events in one of BallinEurope’s Eurocentric NBA storylines to follow in 2012-13 this morning as the Houston Rockets announced the demotion of Lithuania’s Donatas Motiejunas to the NBDL’s Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

Through the NBA’s first week and a half, Motiejunas found himself well on the far side of the bench with backcourt players Marcus Morris and Cole Aldrich seeing more minutes behind Omer Asik. Motiejunas saw just five minutes in one game, going for three points and two personal fouls.

In keeping with today’s theme of #OccupyFIBA, Talk Basket notes that Motiejunas had ironically “declined an invitation from the Lithuanian National Team last summer, in order to put extra work with the Rockets.” Pessimists would say that this is the wave of the future – we’ll now have to wait and see just how badly Doncė lost on that particular gamble…

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