The Rockets' 7-foot Lithuanian Donatas Motiejunas is being assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Houston's D-League affiliate.

Is it a chance to get his mojo back or a D-Mo showcase for a future trade?

D-Mo spent 7 games with the Vipers last season. He posted 20.3 ppg & 9.7 rpg in 34 mpg -- A stat line that makes you believe he's an NBA-ready player.

A trip to the D-League may be a positive move for the second-year big man. He's failed to find playing time in Kevin McHale's rotation even with injuries to Greg Smith and Omer Asik. He's tallied 19 DNP's this season.

Motiejunas has been a serious contributor to the Rockets only once this season, in a December 26 game against Memphis. D-Mo helped the Rockets find a gritty win with an outstanding defensive performance against Zach Randolph. Dwight Howard, Chandler Parsons and Jeremy Lin credited the win to D-Mo after the game and a national audience watched as Howard sat the entire fourth quarter in favor of the suddenly defensively adept Motiejunas.