Donatas Motiejunas continues to await a better offer from the Houston Rockets with training camp just weeks away.
First, it was the back injury that caused Motiejunas to miss most of the 2015-16 season. In the midst of rehabbing, the Rockets traded him to the Detroit Pistons for a 1st round pick. Unfortunately, Motiejunas failed his physical that resulting in a voided trade.
Now with training camp only a few weeks away Motiejunas’ time in Houston is coming to an end. According to Calvin Watkins of ESPN, the Rockets are not doing enough to resign Motiejunas.
"The agent for Houston Rockets restricted free-agent power forward Donatas Motiejunas expressed some concern with the team about a lack of progress on a new contract.”They haven’t made us a serious offer,” Motiejunas’ agent, BJ Armstong, told ESPN on Wednesday. “Our moment of truth will be Oct. 1. We’ll make a decision on that day.”"
Despite his delay to the 2016 season, Motiejunas was still a valuable member of the Rockets when healthy. In 37 games, he averaged 6.2 points and 2.9 rebounds while shooting 44 percent from the field.
The Rockets had offered the Lithuanian big man a one-year extension in June, but Motiejunas has yet to sign. Both he and his agent are holding out for a better deal from the Rockets. Similar to the way Tristan Thompson did last summer with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
However, unlike Thompson, the Rockets have two other stretch fours who are capable of replacing Motiejunas. With Michael Beasley returning and the addition of Ryan Anderson, perhaps Motiejunas’ service in Houston are now less desirable.