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Donatas Motiejunas seeking offers away from Houston

After the unofficial Nov 23. internal deadline for the Houston Rockets to sign Donatas Motiejunas passed, the restricted free agent’s future remains uncertain.

According to Marc Stein and Calvin Watkins of ESPN, the Rockets pulled out their most recent offer to Motiejunas on Tuesday night, after the Lithuanian big man kept them waiting long enough.

This Wednesday was the final day in which players could be signed and remain eligible to be dealt on the league’s annual trade-deadline day, which is Feb. 23 this season.

The deal on the table from Houston is believed to have been a two-year deal worth around $7 million, with only the first season guaranteed. Motiejunas is supposedly ‘surprised and upset’ by the way things have turned out.

Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni was very clear about his feelings on the matter, per ESPN:

“You always move on; we’re not waiting for him,” D’Antoni said Wednesday night. “You try to develop guys and develop roles and we are doing that.”

“At the same time, he’s that good where if things change, we’ll welcome him in and see what happens,” D’Antoni added. “But again, this is a time that he has to get good with himself, because it is a business and the organization is a business.

“Players have to do what they think is best for them.”

In Motiejunas’ absence, the Rockets are off to a 9-6 start, with James Harden leading the way with an average of 28.3 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 12.4 assists per game.

In Motiejunas’ camp, there is a feeling that the forward was undervalued and his people are trying to drum up interest from the handful of teams that have the capabilities to stretch their cap to sign the 7-footer.

The Rockets hold the right to match any NBA offer that Motiejunas receives but he could also consider offers from overseas.

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