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Free agent forward Donatas Motiejunas and the Houston Rockets have reached agreement on a four-year, $35 million contract, ending an offseason impasse that trickled into the regular season, according to Yahoo Sports.
Motiejunas is a 7-footer who has played four NBA seasons and carried averages of 6.2 points and 2.9 rebounds last season. The Rockets matched an offer given to the restricted free agent by the Brooklyn Nets.
The Rockets then re-worked the offer after Motiejunas’ agent, B.J. Armstrong, said his client would refuse to report.
One opposing general manager told Amico Hoops the Rockets will “live to regret” giving Motiejunas a four-year deal.
“The market determined what he was worth with the Nets deal,” the GM said. “Why pay him more than his market value?”
The GM later added: “That’s why they’re not going anywhere.”
According to Yahoo, parameters of the new deal are “similar to the Nets’ offer sheet, with only one season fully guaranteed.”
Motiejunas is to make $8.3 million this season, with the Rockets owning team options in each of the next three summers, and bonuses could make the deal worth as much as $37 million, Yahoo added.