Report: Rockets Sign Motiejunas to New Contract

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Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical has reported that the Rockets are signing Donatas Motiejunas to a 4 year, $35 million deal. After having issues with his offer sheet, the front office ultimately decided to pull his offer sheet and sign him to a new deal.

As mentioned earlier, the Rockets had originally decided to match Motiejunas’ offer sheet from the Brooklyn Nets. But after Motiejunas decided to not attend his physical with the team, there was another obstacle to overcome in this fiasco. Motiejunas wanted a new deal because he was set to lose about $6 million. His agent, B.J. Armstrong, said that they were “fighting for their right.”

There will be some incentives to Motiejunas’ new deal. He will make $8.3 million this season and there will be a team option the next three summers. If he meets expectations of the contract, he can make as much as $37 million overall. While it is essentially the same deal as the offer sheet, there is more incentives and leverage on this new deal.

It is actually happening now. There is no strings attached. Motiejunas will finally be joining the Rockets and the fiasco will be coming to an end. It must feel good for both him and the front office to put this in the past and focus on basketball, which is the important part. While this deal could hold the Rockets back from signing premier free agents in the future, this was a smart move for the organization. The Rockets are one of the top teams in the Western Conference right now, and the addition of Motiejunas will do wonders for them if all pans out well.

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