Donatas Motiejunas signed a four-year, $35 million contract with the Rockets, ending this lengthy saga.
Houston Rockets officials are still awaiting medical information on power forward Donatas Motiejunas before allowing him to return to the team, according to a source.
Motiejunas took his physical on Friday in Houston, and coach Mike D’Antoni said he expected Motiejunas to be with the team Saturday.
“I was there but they told me to go home,” Motiejunas said in a text message to ESPN.
Motiejunas must pass a physical with the Rockets, a determination that is their sole judgment. Houston must decide within six business days of officially signing him, which would make the deadline next Monday if his signing became official last Friday.
If Motiejunas passes the physical, his contract becomes valid. If he fails it, he returns to restricted free agency. Potentially, the Rockets could argue to reopen his Nets offer sheet if they released him from that in conjunction with signing this new contract – though, depending on physical results, Houston might not want that offer sheet open.
Even a failed physical wouldn’t close the door on Motiejunas returning to the Rockets. They just might want to rework the contract after learning more about his injury risk, especially given his history of back problems.