AS Monaco powered up its frontline with the signing of veteran center Donatas Motiejunas, the club announced Wednesday. Motiejunas (2.13 meters, 30 years old) will make his return to the EuroLeague after nine seasons away. In his previous EuroLeague campaign, Motiejunas set the competition record with 18 rebounds in a game for Asseco Prokom Gdynia in December 2011. He finished that season second in the regular season with 7.9 rebounds per game.
Motiejunas has spent most of the past four seasons in China. First came two seasons with the Shandong Golden Stars and then a season each with Shanghai Sharks and the Xinjang Flying Tigers. Last season he averaged 21.5 points and led the Chinese League with 13.7 rebounds per game. He also posted 4.2 assists and 2.0 steals per game. Motiejunas is a product of the Zalgiris Kaunas youth system and has played professionally for Aisciai Kaunas in his native Lithuania, Benetton Treviso in Italy, Asseco Prokom in Poland, and for Houston, New Orleans and San Antonio in the NBA. He also won a silver medal with Lithuania at EuroBasket 2013.