Yahoo Sports is reporting the Houston Rockets are going to pass on the opportunity to sign Terrence Jones or Donatas Motiejunas to contract extensions before the November 2nd deadline.
NBA rules allow teams to sign players on rookie contracts to an extension before next week's deadline. Both players will now be restricted free agents at the end of the season. The Rockets will then be able to match offers from other teams or come to agreement on a new contract with either of the players.
This decision doesn't come as a surprise
Signing either player to an extension now would lock up cap space, a tactic general manager Daryl Morey has routinely avoided. With Ty Lawson on a non-guaranteed contract and a pending Dwight Howard opt-out possibility, AKA a Dwight-cision, Morey wants to retain as much flexibility as possible.
One or both of these players will not return to the Rockets next year
With the NBA cap jumping by eight digits next season both players will command a healthy offer from other teams. Tough to see both these guys coming back to the Rockets when there's so much money flying around.
Both players have shown significant promise and an ability to be regular NBA starters and contributors. Jones played 29 minutes and scored 15 points in last night's loss to the Nuggets, even though he looked bad doing it. Motiejunas is still sidelined while rehabbing from back surgery that ended his 2014-2015 season before the playoffs.
The biggest question this decision opens the door for... Will one of these players be traded during the season?