Albert Nahmad: For those asking: Nets can’t trade for Donatas Motiejunas after season. They’re restricted from acquiring him for one year (until 12/9/17).
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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).
Albert Nahmad: If Rockets match, Motiejunas: -Can’t be traded until after season -Can’t be traded w/o consent for 1 yr -Can’t be traded to Nets for 1 yr
The Pistons voided a three-player trade with the Rockets on Feb. 22 after Motiejunas failed a series of medical examinations on his surgically repaired back. Motiejunas has since been cleared medically by the Rockets and has played in five games. Sources close to Motiejunas believe the voided trade could damage his status as a restricted free agent next offseason.
The Houston Rockets forward said he was fine and that the team physical was arbitrary. He said the Pistons’ decision to call off the trade — Houston was to get a conditional No. 1 pick in return — hurt his market value. “Look, I feel bad for him, because I understand his points, in terms of his value and everything else,” Van Gundy said Wednesday. “(But) we felt we had to make the decision we made.”
Van Gundy said the team went through a “very thorough process. We made the decision we made for the reasons we thought it was too much risk.”
“It’s a really tough profession for players,” he said. “People, I think, focus on the money they make, and obviously that’s great. But how many of us have jobs that on 48 hours’ notice, you’ve got to move your family anywhere they tell you to go and you got absolutely no say in it? He has the right to have whatever reaction he wants to have. I’m not resentful of that at all. I don’t take that personally. He was in a tough situation.”
The Rockets wanted to trade you, but now you are staying in Houston. It looks like some sort of misunderstanding? Donatas Motiejunas: I wouldn’t call it that. The Rockets were not giving me away for free, they got a high draft pick. A high pick is very useful, so I completely understand them. From my side, I see it as a business. I know they did not want to give me away and offered many other players to the Pistons, but the guys in Detroit wanted only me. Now I will be talking to my agent and lawyers to clarify what to do next. The Pistons had access to my full medical history, so they shouldn’t have done what they did to me. They decreased my value. The medical examination I ‘failed’ was a joke. The Pistons will have some explaining to do why they did not want the trade anymore. We will see what happens.
Jonathan Feigen: Donatas Motiejunas on how he deals with the trade, Pistons decision: “Just forget about it like your ex-wife. Don’t talk about it. Forget about it. I don’t see any problems with it. I love these guys, love the team, love the fans.”
Motiejunas was not able to pass the Pistons’ physical. “They didn’t want to clear me for my back,” Motiejunas said to FOX 26. “They knew everything. They have full access to all my medical history. I don’t know what went wrong. When I get back to Houston, I will go to check myself one more time, make sure everything is the same as it was. If everything is the same, I’m good to go.”
Motiejunas is glad to be coming back. “I’m looking at it as a business,” he told FOX 26. “I’m happy to be back. They drafted me. I feel like it’s home. Who’s not happy to be back at home?”
The Detroit Pistons announced today that the team has rescinded a trade that acquired forward/center Donatas Motiejunas and guard Marcus Thornton from the Houston Rockets in exchange for center Joel Anthony and a protected 2016 first-round draft pick.
“Standard with all trades, medical clearance on all players involved is required for completion. Medical clearance was not given on all players and the trade is being rescinded,” said Jeff Bower, General Manager of the Detroit Pistons. “In view of privacy considerations relating to medical information, we will have no further comment.”
After forward Donatas Motiejunas was unable to get physicians’ clearance for his troublesome back, the Detroit Pistons are in the process of voiding a three-team trade with Houston and Philadelphia, league sources told The Vertical. The physicians and specialists examining Montiejunas’ back refused to clear him, pushing Pistons executives to kill the deal agreed upon at Thursday’s trade deadline, league sources said.
Motiejunas and guard Marcus Thornton will return to the Houston Rockets. Center Joel Anthony – who had been traded to Philadelphia by Houston after the three-team deal – will return to the Pistons. Detroit will also keep the top-eight protected 2016 first-round draft pick it sent to Houston.
Shams Charania: Houston’s 3-team trade of Donatas Motiejunas is in process of being voided by Detroit in accordance with the NBA, sources tell The Vertical.
Adrian Wojnarowski: As @Shams Charania reports, Motiejunas deal has fallen apart. Detroit isn’t passing him on physical, league sources tell @The Vertical.
Orazio Cauchi: The Sixers will also retain the rights to Chukwudiebere “Chu” Maduabum. #FutureSixers
Pistons general manager Jeff Bower appeared on the “Sean, Marc and Maz” morning show on Detroit Sports 105.1 Monday to provide the latest. “I wouldn’t really handicap it at this point,” Bower said. “What we’re doing is gathering all the information from a team of experts. When that whole process is completed, we’ll be able to make a final decision on the trade. “It’s unfortunate we’re in this waiting zone, but it’s very important that the due diligence and the information is gathered, collected and fully understood, both short-term and long-term.”
Q: Tough to trade Donatas Motiejunas? Daryl Morey: Very hard. He’s got everything we want in terms of hard worker, great cultural fit, obviously — he’s given us huge minutes in the past, a unique game, post up, spread the floor. It was a deal we felt like we had to do. There are scenarios where this summer we couldn’t even have his restricted rights. It was just a deal that made sense for us.
Rod Beard: #Pistons Jeff Bower said DMo was slated to join #Rockets after All-Star break. Donatas Motiejunas’ checkup with back specialist was part of normal trade procedure.
Donatas Motiejunas, while wearing a Rockets jacket, was having lunch at Corner Bakery, when told he was traded to Detroit. “A little surprised,” Motiejunas said to ESPN after the trade. “But it’s part of the business. So when the deadline comes you’re kinda afraid of that, it’s just natural feelings.”
Calvin Watkins: DMo told ESPN he heard Stan Van Gundy is a little strict.
Mark Berman: Donatas Motiejunas on being traded to Detroit: “It’s part of the business. No hard feelings.” #Rockets https://t.co/BbmPjfvEhy
Brian Windhorst: Pick Detroit sending the Rockets is top 8 protected this year and then top 10 protected next 2 years.
Ken Berger: Rockets’ Daryl Morey gets the first-round pick he’d been seeking in Motiejunas deal. Via @Tim Bontemps, it’s top-8 protected.
Bobby Marks: Houston will save $1.2m in luxury taxes and opens up a roster spot. Rockets are now $1.25m below the hard cap.
Adrian Wojnarowski: In deal, Detroit will send Joel Anthony and a protected 2016 first-round pick to the Rockets, league sources tell @TheVertical
Sam Amick: Can confirm that Houston sends Donatas Motiejunas & Marcus Thornton to Detroit for Pistons’ 2016 first-rounder and Joel Anthony. Yahoo 1st.
Calvin Watkins: Just ran into DMo at team hotel. He said he heard the rumors of a trade but hasn’t been told anything yet.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Houston has traded Donatas Motiejunas and Marcus Thornton to the Detroit Pistons, league sources tell @The Vertical
Marc Stein: ESPN sources say that the Pistons have offered center Joel Anthony to the Houston Rockets in exchange for PF Donatas Motiejunas
Marc Stein: Imagine it would take draft compensation from the Pistons as a sweetener for the Rockets to surrender Motiejunas (who they like) in that one
The Houston Rockets have been arguably the biggest disappointment of the season thus far. With James Harden and Dwight Howard returning, Ty Lawson was brought in to be the straw that stirred the drink. However, it appears the Rockets bought a faulty blender. Lawson has struggled from the field shooting 35 percent and was benched in mid-November. Hastily firing Kevin McHale hasn’t proven to be the answer either. If things don’t improve fast, Daryl Morey will look to make a blockbuster trade by dangling Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas as bait.
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