It's finally happened. The day we thought would never come is here.
Donatas Motiejunas will be playing basketball again, one way or another.
The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting the deal will come with two guaranteed years. The last deal Motiejunas and his team rejected was a multi-year deal worth $7 million in the first year, but only one season was guaranteed.
He also reports the Rockets have the offer, and they have three days to match it or Motiejunas will become a Net. The Friday night signing is no accident; the Rockets have just a lone business day to decide, and they’ll probably take it all the way through Monday at midnight, their deadline.
Per the Chron, Thursday, Daryl Morey said he still hoped Motiejunas would be back with the Rockets. T
Donatas Motiejunas' thoughts after signing offer sheet w/ @BrooklynNets: "I'm happy. I'll finally be able to play. That's all that matters."— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) December 3, 2016
Woj reports the first year of the deal is for $9.8 million, and the contract is frontloaded. Even the Nets weren’t willing to risk more than two years on Motiejunas’ back.
At first glance, this seems like a good deal that the Rockets should match. D-Mo was right to hold out: he got a contract worth more money, for more guaranteed years, than he would have if he had just taken the Rockets’ offer. But this deal is cheaper than Eric Gordon’s, much cheaper than Ryan Anderson’s, and D-Mo is only 26. Plus, it takes him to next year, when Nene is no longer under contract.
As of Friday night, Motiejunas is in Houston (per his Snapchat) and with the Rockets coming back to town after Friday's game, he will likely get plenty of time to chat with Mike D'Antoni, James Harden and Morey.