Report: Rockets extend qualifying offer to Donatas Motiejunas, not Terrence Jones

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The Rockets didn’t extend the contracts of Donatas Motiejunas and Terrence Jones last fall, a wise move to maximize cap flexibility.

Now, Houston will have to deal with those two in free agency, and here’s the first step.

Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:

The Rockets project to have more than $40 million in cap space without Jones’ hold ($5,720,513). This just gives them more flexibility to upgrade.

Motiejunas will be an interesting case. The Pistons voided a midseason trade with Houston when Motiejunas failed a physical, and that will certainly scare teams. But he’s a productive inside-out player when healthy, and he’ll draw suitors.

Jones’ star has fallen quickly due to injuries and underwhelming play. He’s talented and just 24. I’d taker a flyer on him, especially now that he’s an unrestricted free agent.