Restricted free agent Donatas Motiejunas won’t report to the Houston Rockets because of a difference of nearly $6 million from the offer sheet he signed with the Brooklyn Nets, sources told ESPN on Wednesday. Last week, Motiejunas signed a four-year, $37 million offer sheet with the Nets.
After the Rockets matched the offer sheet, Motiejunas had two days to report for his physical, which his agent B.J. Armstrong told the team he would not do. Houston’s options are to keep their first-refusal exercise notice open and wait for Motiejunas to report. If he doesn’t report, Houston can pull the offer Thursday and Motiejunas would become a restricted free agent. If they don’t pull the offer, it would expire automatically March 1.
Source: Calvin Watkins of ESPN
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Surgery will be to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN