Houston Rockets Latest News & Updates: Donatas Motiejunas Sent To Freezer, Offered To Best Bidder

By Snookie Grawls, Posted: 11/25/16 07:09AM EST
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The Houston Rockets could have gotten a big lift had they come to terms with Lithuanian Donatas Motiejunas. (Photo : Angela Weiss/Getty Images for ANHEUSER BUSCH)

The Houston Rockets could have gotten a big lift had they come to terms with Lithuanian Donatas Motiejunas. Unfortunately, that may no longer be feasible with reports that the team has rescinded its latest contract offer.

The latest deal for Donatas Motiejunas was a $4.4 million qualifying offer, which the Houston Rockets had hoped to close before the Nov. 23 deadline. With the 7-foot Lithuanian shunning the offer, he becomes a restricted free agent on Oct. 1.

Aside from the $4.4 million deal, Marc Stein of ESPN adds that Donatas Motiejunas was also offered a multi-year contract worth $7 million annually plus incentives reaching as much as $8 million.

Donatas Motiejunas can be dangled offer sheets thought the Houston Rockets can easily match anything coming his way. Hence, seeing the 26-year-old Lithuanian power forward in the NBA once more may take more time unless some other team is able to do something to pluck him away from the Rockets’ clutches.

Motiejunas was the 20th overall pick of the Minnesota Timberwolves back in 2011. He ended up signing a four-year rookie deal in Houston. He is a proven scorer and is seen by most as a good ‘stretch four’. That said, he is perfect for first-year coach Mike D’Antoni’s system had the contract issues not set in.

There are several teams who have cap space to pluck Motiejunas away from Houston. The list includes the Denver Nuggets, Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns and the Minnesota Timberwolves, NBC reported.

Before placing those teams in consideration, the best thing to single out right now is what the Lithuanian is looking for. Is Donnie Motiejunas after money or playing time? If he is looking for playing time, the best teams that could give that are the Denver Nuggets or Brooklyn Nets.

Most of the teams mentioned are stocked with forwards, most notably the Sixers and the Timberwolves. Obviously, Motijunas wants the best fit for him though the money side may need to dip a bit if he wants to continue playing in the NBA.



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