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Donatas Motiejunas will remain in China next season too, as reported by 15min. The Lithuanian forward reached a one-year agreement with Shandong where he has also played this season. Motiejunas will earn around $3 million.
Donatas Motiejunas is heading to China. According to 15min.lt, the Lithuanian forward will sign a $3 million contract with Shandong Golden Stars.
While there are many European clubs, including Zalgiris Kaunas, that would like to see him in their roster, the best offer that Donatas Motiejunas has in his hands comes from China, as Eurohoops has learned.
In fact, there’s a $1.5M bid for Motiejunas that might lure him to join the Chinese League as many other players who either came from EuroLeague or were targeted by EL clubs (Keith Langford, Giannis Bourousis, Justin Hamilton, Aaron Jackson, Edwin Jackson) have done this summer.
Donatas Urbonas: Motiejunas on possibility to stay in New Orleans Pelicans: ‘They don’t need me with already 4-5 big man on the roster for the next season.’
Donatas Urbonas: Motiejunas told he prefers San Antonio, Golden State, Utah or Washington. ‘I like their game and I also have some interest from them’
Donatas Urbonas: Donatas Motiejunas is open not only for long term contract: ‘My biggest wish is NBA title. In a good situation I would agree with 1yr deal’
Donatas Urbonas: Motiejunas on his options in Europe: ‘I’m still in a good relationships with Barcelona, but I’m open to all offers. I got a lot of interest’
“The team lost an asset,” Motiejunas told Basketball Insiders. “I lost $37, 38 million, so both sides lost in this situation. No one won in this situation actually. I know, as soon as I step on the floor, the people are going to see that I’m the same guy that I was last year when I was playing. For me, I’m not going to lose anything. After this year, someone else is going to pick me up. I’m not worried about that. I know how to play basketball. I know how to make every and each team better. I adjust to the situation depending on what coach asks me to do, so I’m not worried about that. It was just a ridiculous situation, the resolution was taking too long, and it was affecting me as a player, and it was affecting me personally. Instead of being a business decision it was like more of a personal decision.”
At 26, what has Motiejunas thought of his career to this point? “It’s a big mess,” Motiejunas told Basketball Insiders candidly. “Some of the situations, so far it’s a pretty big mess, but hopefully everything is going to settle down right now and, like I said, I work my butt off every single day of my career. I’m going to keep on doing that step by step. I’m not trying to jump over the hurdles or nothing like that. I’m trying to go step by step, trying to become a better player, trying to become a better teammate. I think that’s the most important thing; never look back, look forward.”
“Honestly, you can say it was business stuff, but, from my side, I’m a basketball player, I just want to play,” Motiejunas told Basketball Insiders. “Being involved in that business situation, it was one of the worst experiences of my life that I’ve had. I would say, from any basketball player, we work every day, we put our sweat, we put our tears, we put our blood on the floor, try to help and make teams better, so when someone acts with you like this, it’s just wrong.”
Eight months have passed since Donatas Motiejunas has been able to suit up and participate in an NBA game, but the former Houston Rockets big man is looking forward to finally breaking his unanticipated streak with the New Orleans Pelicans. “I feel incredible,” Motiejunas said. “I was working by myself for the last five months, and it’s really hard when you have only a couple of people with you working out every day. You have to push yourself, because you know someone else is playing and getting back in shape by playing. It’s much easier than working out by yourself. I’m just happy to be back. Hopefully it’s not going to take long to get back into game shape. I’m doing whatever I can to be ready as soon as possible.”
“It was really frustrating,” Motiejunas said about the situation. “On the other [hand], I tried to keep my cool head. I was working out in Vancouver, so not a lot of people know me there. There was not a lot of pressure. I had a lot of good people there around me who helped me really go through this.”
“I’ve been cleared by every single team that I visited, medically” Motiejunas said.
Gentry confirmed that the Pelicans had interest in Motiejunas at last year’s trade deadline because of the former Rockets big man’s ability to pass and stretch the floor. League sources told ESPN last season that the Rockets and Pelicans discussed a trade package around Ryan Anderson, who went one to sign with Houston this past offseason. “We talked about trading for him last year,” Gentry said. “We talked in detail about adding him to our team because we felt like he was a guy that offensively could help us and do what we tried to anticipate in the system that we were running. It just didn’t work out, but we’ve had an interest in him.”
The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has signed free agent forward/center Donatas Motiejunas (doh-NAH-tahs moe-tee-YOU-nus). Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Speaking to reporters before Monday night’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said the franchise remains in negotiations to finalize a deal to sign 7-foot center Donatas Motiejunas. ESPN reported on Sunday and sources confirmed on Monday that the deal could be announced no later than Tuesday. ”We’re talking and we’re in negotiations,” Gentry said. ”You’ll have to run that by Dell (Demps).”
Darren Wolfson: #Twolves scoopage: FA big Donatas Motiejunas in town for visit, medical check. But as @Marc Stein reports, Pelicans expected to sign him.
Jon Krawczynski: As @Darren Wolfson said, Motiejunas came to Minnesota for workout. But Pels offered contract by time he landed from Nola. DM jumped at it
Free-agent power forward Donatas Motiejunas is in serious discussions to sign with the New Orleans Pelicans, league sources told The Vertical. The Pelicans and Motiejunas’ agent, B.J. Armstrong, had positive talks Sunday, and an agreement on a deal is expected in the next few days, sources said. The deal is expected to be for the veteran’s minimum, sources said.
The New Orleans Pelicans are in the process of finalizing a contract with Donatas Motiejunas and hope to have a deal done with the free-agent big man by Monday or Tuesday, according to league sources.
After his offer sheet with Houston dissolved, Motiejunas scheduled visits with the Pelicans, Los Angeles Lakers and Washington Wizards. New Orleans views Motiejunas as a potentially skilled frontcourt piece under coach Alvin Gentry.
The Pelicans are one of at least three teams to show interest in Motiejunas since the end of his long-running contract saga with the Houston Rockets. ESPN reported earlier this week that the Los Angeles Lakers had flown Motiejunas in for a recent audition in front of Los Angeles’ front office and coaches, while sources said Sunday that the Minnesota Timberwolves had also expressed some interest.
Nets Daily: Actually, the value of the Motiejunas vets minimum is $600K, pro-rated, @Bobby Marks notes. FYI, #Nets cannot pursue him this summer.
Marc Stein: The Pelicans are in the process of finalizing a one-year deal with Donatas Motiejunas at the veteran minimum, according to league sources.
Shams Charania: Donatas Motiejunas and the New Orleans Pelicans are in serious talks toward a contract, league sources tell The Vertical.
Shams Charania: Sources: The Pelicans and Motiejunas’ representatives had positive talks today and deal could be coming soon.
The Los Angeles Lakers have auditioned free-agent big man Donatas Motiejunas within the past week, according to league sources.
The Lakers’ frontcourt is a little thin after key reserve Larry Nance Jr. suffered a bone bruise in his left knee that’s expected to sideline him for at least four weeks. But sources said the Lakers are weighing whether there are enough minutes to go around, with the blossoming Julius Randle and Tarik Black playing the bulk of the frontcourt minutes while Nance is out.
Ramona Shelburne: In the wake of Larry Nance’s injury, the Lakers brought in free agent F Donatas Motiejunas for an audition, but didn’t immediately sign him. Story with @Marc Stein going up shortly on the Lakers weighing whether adding DMo would take too many minutes from Randle and Tarik
Darren Wolfson: As alluded to days ago, a specific team that worked out Motiejunas. More will soon. #Twolves haven’t asked to get him in for a workout.
Jeff Zillgitt: Following up on the Donatas Motiejunas situation: he cannot sign with the Brooklyn Nets, I’ve been told. Otherwise, he’s unrestricted.
Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that after extensive discussions with Donatas Motiejunas, his representatives, and the NBA league office, the Rockets will renounce Motiejunas and he will become an unrestricted free agent. “Donatas was a true professional throughout his four seasons with the Rockets,” said Morey. “We wish Donatas the best moving forward and want to thank him for his contributions both on the court and in the community.”
Nets Daily: I try to ignore Motiejunas melodrama but I cant even though I’ve been told repeatedly #Nets are most definitely prohibited from signing him.
With the Rockets’ planned efforts to return forward/center Donatas Motiejunas to the roster at a standstill, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said talks now involve the NBA in an indication that Motiejunas will not be signed to the contract the sides agreed to on Friday. “We’re in active discussions with Donatas’ representation, the league office and that’s pretty much it,” Morey said. Asked the purpose of the talks, Morey said, “A resolution.”
Morey would not answer any other questions. When asked whether the Rockets were seeking a resolution in which Motiejunas would or not rejoin the Rockets and whether Motiejunas failed his physical, Morey would only repeat his original statement. “We’re in active discussions with them and the league office,” Morey said. “We’re in continuous discussions. I can’t really say more. All three parties matter.”
Calvin Watkins: The medical is the main thing with Donatas Motiejunas. “I was there, they told me to go home.” Might be more about procedure than anything.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Houston still gathering medical info on Donatas Motiejunas’ physical exam. Rockets not ready to activate him.
Calvin Watkins: Filed to ESPN: Source says Rockets seeking more medical info on Donatas Motiejunas before allowing him to return.
Marc J. Spears: Bonuses could push Rockets forward Donatas Montiejunas’ new contract this season to $9.3 million, a source told @TheUndefeated.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Donatas Motiejunas has reached agreement on a new deal with Houston, league sources tell @TheVertical.
Adrian Wojnarowski: After pulling offer sheet, Houston is signing Motiejunas to a four-year, $35M deal, league sources tell @TheVertical.
Sam Amick: Key difference in old/new Motiejunas deal, I’m told: Rockets can trade him 90 days from now, as opposed to a year from now on Brooklyn deal
Adrian Wojnarowski: Bonuses could make the Motiejunas deal worth as much as $37M over life of the deal, league sources tell @The Vertical.
Albert Nahmad: Two key differences beween Motiejunas new deal vs offer sheet: 1. He’s tradeable after season 2. 2nd-year guarantee goes from March to July
Marc Stein: The Rockets have pulled their offer sheet to Donatas Motiejunas and are working on a new deal, according to league sources
Jonathan Feigen: The Rockets have pulled Donatas Motiejunas’ offer sheet and are negotiating a new deal, source said.
The Rockets pulled the $31 million offer sheet to power forward Donatas Motiejunas on Friday and are working on a new contract according to a source. Motiejunas returns to restricted free agency status.
The incentives included in the Brooklyn offer are especially problematic for Motiejunas. He signed for $37 million but will lose $6 million of that in Houston. The Rockets are only responsible for $31 million, the principle amount of the contract. He’ll earn $8.3 million, $7.9 million, $7.6 million and $7.2 million over the next four years — again, with just $5 million of the first season guaranteed.
Motiejunas had a body-fat/weigh-in bonus of $1 million, along with two separate unlikely bonuses of $250,000 for the 2016-17 season, based on playing 70 percent of the team’s regular-season games along with a performance goal of 6.5 defensive rebounds per 36 minutes and a 37 percent three-point percentage (on at least two attempts per game). For each of the last three seasons of his original deal, he had a $750,000 body-fat/weight bonus, a $250,000 bonus for participating in an off-season skill and conditioning program, along with the same pair of $250,000 unlikely performance incentives.
Right off the bat, unlikely bonuses are not included in a contract match, which reduces his contract immediately by $2 million. The tricky part of the equation is the $1 million per season offseason bonus. It’s safe to say, though it may be nothing more than educated speculation, that Armstrong expected that $4 million in offseason bonuses to apply to the Houston match. Alas, it does not.
Salim Dehkordi: My boy @dmotiejunas is back in Houston and finally back with the Rockets tomorrow 🙌🏼#welcomeback #dmo #houstonrockets #timetokicksomeassbro
Calvin Watkins: The Rockets have no current plans to lift the offer sheet to power forward Donatas Motiejunas according to a source. After the Rockets matched the $31 million offer sheet, Motiejunas had two days to report for his physical and did not. The Rockets can still work a separate deal with Motiejunas.
Donatas Motiejunas had until tonight to show up for his physical with the Rockets and didn’t. A source said a decision hasn’t been made regarding if the Rockets will pull the offer sheet.
Restricted free agent Donatas Motiejunas won’t report to the Houston Rockets because of a difference of nearly $6 million from the offer sheet he signed with the Brooklyn Nets, sources told ESPN on Wednesday.
Last week, Motiejunas signed a four-year, $37 million offer sheet with the Nets. The Rockets on Monday opted to match that offer. However, based on the CBA, the Rockets only had to match the principle terms of the offer sheet, which came to $31 million. The $6 million difference was to be paid to Motiejunas via incentive clauses if he played for the Nets. After the Rockets matched the offer sheet, Motiejunas had two days to report for his physical, which his agent B.J. Armstrong told the team he would not do.
Rockets officials are willing to work a separate deal with Motiejunas, something his agent is willing to talk about, in the $31 million range. One of the problems with the offer sheet for the Rockets is a $9 million guarantee for the 2017-18 season. Based on the offer sheet, a team would have to make a decision on March 1 to enact that clause. Houston, according to a source, would like to push that date to the summer.
After the Houston Rockets matched the Brooklyn Nets’ offer sheet and retained restricted free agent Donatas Motiejunas, the 7-footer is refusing to report for his physical exam and return to the team. “We won’t be reporting,” agent B.J. Armstrong of Wasserman Media Group told The Vertical. Armstrong informed Rockets general manager Daryl Morey of the decision on Tuesday morning. The move comes less than 24 hours after the Rockets matched the base of a four-year, $31 million offer sheet. Houston had been expecting Motiejunas, 26, to show up on Tuesday morning to undergo and pass a physical exam needed to sign and activate him. Motiejunas refused and has no intention of rejoining the Rockets, Armstrong said. If Motiejunas continues to stay away, the Rockets have two options: leave open the current agreement and wait him out, or cancel the deal and return Motiejunas to restricted free agency. Under league rules, the Nets are unable to sign Motiejunas for a full year.
Jonathan Feigen: Mike D’Antoni: “He brings a lot. That’s why you go through the business part of it. Otherwise, you wouldn’t mess with it.” ‘Mess’ is the right word.
Calvin Watkins: A source told me DMo is fighting for his rights.
Calvin Watkins: MDA said it’s a business and he would welcome DMo with open arms
Bobby Marks: CBA is cut and dry when it comes to restricted free agency. The team has the right to match or let the player walk. Houston chose to match. Motiejunas cannot be traded for 3 months (past the trade deadline) and for a period of one-year without his consent (but not to BKN).
Brian Lewis: #Nets GM Sean Marks on Motiejunas offer being matched: “Its obviously disappointing when you miss out on a chance to acquire another asset. But at the same time it shows us we were going down the right path knowing…he was matched just like the guys it the past” #Nets
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Thompson stands to make $18.5 million next season. That’s a big number to take on, even if it’s only for one year, because of the 2019 free-agent sweepstakes so many teams want to have salary-cap space for. Unless Thompson puts a team over the top, then it would probably make more sense for a team to trade for him next season. The Cavs want him around to shepherd younger players through the early stages of this rebuild. They’ll probably be able to get better assets in return for him at next year’s trade deadline. There’s also a chance the Cavs want Thompson long term, and could, therefore, keep him and offer him an extension over the summer. What he thinks: “Blake Griffin got traded. At the end of the day, if the trade is right and the pieces are guys they feel can help the franchise moving forward, I’m totally understanding. It’s a business. If you don’t have a no-trade clause, anything can happen.”
In chasing Davis, the Lakers may need a push from his agent Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, who also represents James. “I’d say if the [Philadelphia 76ers offer Ben] Simmons, or with the [Boston] Celtics’ package of picks and young players, the Lakers would probably be third,” the former executive said. “One would think that [Pelicans general manager] Dell [Demps] would want a deal done around the draft [with Boston’s picks].”
In the meantime, Kuzma has shown he can help carry a team offensively. “He’s a legitimate scorer that fits the modern NBA perfectly,” a former general manager told Bleacher Report. “Kuzma has the highest value of the [Lakers’ young prospects]. He’s the most proven.”
There is no reason for the Cavs not to trade him. Really, he was acquired from the Jazz for Korver in December in large part because of his contract — it’s such a tradable commodity. They should move him for the best offer they get now because he’s a free agent at season’s end. He’s a capable player, yes, but at age 27 he hasn’t shown enough to warrant a new contract from Cleveland in this rebuild. A nice player, but not a cornerstone. What he thinks: “I don’t want to be traded, but we’ll see what happens. It ain’t up to me. I can’t dwell on something that ain’t happenin’. Just have to wait and see. I like being around my teammates. They’ve shown me so much love, why would I want to leave?”
The Big3 league will expand to 12 teams and play two days a week, an increase from its Friday night slate last season. The plan is for six teams to play in one city and six in another during an 18-city tour. The minimum age for a player has been lowered to 27, and the league is expected to target former Celtic Jared Sullinger.
It wasn’t that Griffin was angered by the trade. He was angry that he heard about it third-person. He was angry that as friendly as Rivers can be, he didn’t bother to pick up the phone and inform his franchise player, tabbed a “Clipper for life” when he signed a five-year, $173 million contract extension in June 2017.
“I haven’t spoken to him,” Rivers said of Griffin. “That’s happened many times in my career, so I don’t make a big deal of that. You guys do, but I don’t at all. I’ve had some guys, even some guys I’m very close to — most trades and departures don’t go very well, for the record. They just don’t. I can cite you 100 of them, Kendrick Perkins [in Boston], who was like my son. Nah, they don’t go well. We all come back eventually.”