Apr 3, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas (20) claps after a play during the second quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
The Houston Rockets choose to match Motiejunas’ offer from the Nets
The Nets initially offered Donatas a partially guaranteed four year deal, that was likely worth $35-37 million. The Houston Rockets have matched the offer sheet. The actual terms of the offer sheet is lined with “protections” and non-guaranteed for the final two years, which means Houston can cut D-Mo and not have to pay the remaining balance of his contract.
Although D-Mo passed a litany of tests when he signed the initial offer from the Nets, he still has to pass a physical before he can make his season debut and return to practice. It still seems as though the Rockets may not fully trust him and his back, seeing how the back issues is what made him a tad inconsistent. That being said, Coach D’Antoni is excited about the possibilities he brings to the line up.
Unfortunately, in order to make room for him the Rockets had to release guard Bobby Brown. Now, can Coach D’Antoni find him a spot, in what seems to be a set rotation, is the next question. Capela is making a case for the Most Improved, will D-Mo back him up? With “Inspectah Dekk” and Trez playing well, whose minutes will he cut into? And once he does get into the lineup, will plugging him in, impact the rhythm that they have found?
This season is only a quarter done, so time is on the team’s side. Besides, it will be a few weeks before D-Mo is in shape to run with this seriously, uptempo offense. It never hurts having another 7′ footer on the squad, especially one who was a great passer. I guess time will tell.
Follow Space City Scoop as the Rockets continue to make the Western Conference take notice and try to work D-mo back into the lineup