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Donatas Motiejunas trade to the Detroit Pistons is in limbo and could be vetoed due to a lingering back injury.

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The Detroit Pistons have requested an additional 24 hours to approve their acquisition of Donatas Motiejunas. The Lithuanian's back injury has the Houston Rockets trade deadline deal with the Pistons and Philadelphia 76ers on the ropes with the possibility of being voided.

Any NBA trade has 72 hours to be approved with the option of a 24 hour extension, pending approval by all parties. Houston has granted Detroit and additional 24 hours.

Motiejunas has only played 14 NBA games this season and 4 D-League games after missed the end of last season and all of the 2015 playoffs with a nagging back injury.

The Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen put the entire situation in perspective with a comparison to Matt Bullard and Robert Horry's fake trade to Detroit. The two future NBA champions didn't stay in Detroit long as Spurs forward Sean Elliott failed a physical due to kidney problems:

Don't know how you feel about trading Motiejunas? Read The Dream Shake's dueling takes:

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