Donatas Motiejunas Becomes Unrestricted Free Agent: Latest Details, Reaction

December 15th, 2016 by Joe Pantorno Leave a reply »

The Houston Rockets renounced their rights to power forward Donatas Motiejunas on Thursday, making him an unrestricted free agent, per

Motiejunas spent his first four NBA seasons with the Rockets, averaging 7.8 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey released a statement through about the transaction: "Donatas was a true professional throughout his four seasons with the Rockets. We wish Donatas the best moving forward and want to thank him for his contributions both on the court and in the community."

Motiejunas hasn't played this season as he was a restricted free agent while he and the organization could not settle on a contract.

On Dec. 3, he signed a four-year, $37 million offer sheet with the Brooklyn Nets, but the Rockets matched it two days later and managed to retain his rights. 

Head coach Mike D'Antoni continued to praise Motiejunas during the process, stressing how integral of a part he could have become in Houston when the offer sheet was matched, via's Calvin Watkins: "He's skilled, 7 feet, knows how to really p ...

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