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Nets Sign Donatas Motiejunas To Four-Year, $37M Offer Sheet

Dec 2, 2016 7:43 PM

The Brooklyn Nets have signed Donatas Motiejunas to a four-year, $37 million offer sheet.

With Motiejunas being a restricted free agent, the Houston Rockets have 72 hours to match.

Adrian Wojnarowski reports Motiejunas' deal includes two non-guaranteed years on the back end.

The Rockets traded Motiejunas to the Detroit Pistons last February but the trade was later rescinded following concerns about the condition of his back.

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Nets Considering Signing Donatas Motiejunas

Dec 1, 2016 11:37 AM

The Brooklyn Nets are considering signing Donatas Motiejunas to an offer sheet.

Motiejunas is a restricted free agent as he's been in a contract stalemate with the Houston Rockets.

Motiejunas is visiting with the Nets and undergoing a physical.

The Rockets traded Motiejunas to the Detroit Pistons before the 2016 deadline but it was rescinded following his physical due to concerns about his back injury.

Brooklyn has plenty of cap space to sign Motiejunas.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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Kevin Martin Retires After 12 NBA Seasons

Nov 27, 2016 2:36 PM

Kevin Martin has announced his retirement from the NBA.

Martin spent last season with the Minnesota Timberwolves and the San Antonio Spurs. Martin played 12 years total in the league, most notably with the Sacramento Kings and Houston Rockets.

"My family and close friends have known since June of the direction I wanted my life to go. Those were the toughest conversations that I have ever had but with the ultimate support I knew I was making the right decision," Martin wrote in the advertisement published in his local newspaper in Ohio.

Martin was traded by the Rockets to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the James Harden trade.

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Rockets Pull Latest Offer To Donatas Motiejunas

Nov 25, 2016 12:19 PM

The Houston Rockets have pulled their most recent contract offer to Donatas Motiejunas.

Motiejunas, meanwhile, is "surprised and upset" that no deal has been struck nearly five months after free agency began.

Motiejunas remains a restricted free agent. If Motiejunas elects to play in a foreign league this season, he would remain a restricted free agent.

The Rockets were offering a two-year deal starting in the $7 million range but with only the first season fully guaranteed. 

Motiejunas' camp is convinced the Rockets have undervalued him and has been trying to generate interest from rival teams that possess cap space.

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Donatas Motiejunas, Rockets Haven't Held Any New Talks

Nov 16, 2016 12:11 AM

Donatas Motiejunas and the Houston Rockets continue their stalemate in restricted free agency.

The two sides have not conducted any new negotiations as the Rockets continue to offer a deal starting at $7 million. 

With Patrick Beverley returning this week, Mike D'Antoni was asked about the Rockets' roster being whole finally.

"Almost," D'Antoni said. "We still have Motiejunas out there. I think we'll have to pick him up in Canada somewhere."

Motiejunas is training in Vancouver as the Rockets have already played 10 games.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

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James Harden: Thunder Now A One-Man Show

Nov 15, 2016 11:11 PM

James Harden was asked about the state of the Oklahoma City Thunder this season following the departure of Kevin Durant, which came roughly a week after their trade of Serge Ibaka and almost four years after his own trade from the franchise.

Without Durant to share shots with, Westbrook's usage has increased dramatically.

"It's Russ," said Harden. "It's a one-man show."

The Houston Rockets play Russell Westbrook and the Thunder on Wednesday for the first time this season.

Harden and Westbrook are each posting more than 30 points, eight rebounds and nearly 10 assists per game so far this season.

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James Harden: I'm Having A Blast This Season

Nov 15, 2016 11:04 AM

James Harden and Russell Westbrook are having excellent individual seasons, scoring, passing and rebounding for their respective teams.

"I'm having a blast to be able to create, get guys open shots and just make my teammates better," said Harden in a postgame interview on NBA.com when asked about his new role this season.

With the Rockets playing Westbrook and the Thunder this week, Harden was asked about the season his former teammates is having.

"Russ is unnormal. I call him a created player," said Harden. "It seems like he never gets tired, he's everywhere. He's so athletic. I've been on Russell since I was 10 years old at Boys and Girls clubs. He's just doing things people said you couldn't do. He's playing at an all-time level right now."

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DeMar DeRozan, James Harden Named NBA Players Of The Week

Nov 14, 2016 3:04 PM

DeMar DeRozan and James Harden have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for games played between Nov. 7-13.

DeRozan led the NBA last week averaging 34.7 points and shot .535 (38-for-71) from the field in three games. He became the fourth player in NBA history to record 30 or more points in eight of the first nine games to start a season, joining Michael Jordan (1986-87), World B. Free (1979-80) and Nate Archibald (1972-73).

Harden averaged 27 points, 14.3 assists and 9.7 rebounds during the week.

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Patrick Beverley Expected To Soon Return From Left Knee Surgery

Nov 12, 2016 9:38 PM

Patrick Beverley is nearing his season debut as he recovers from left knee surgery.

"I feel very good, excited, can't wait to play," Beverley said Saturday. "I can't wait to play with my teammates. I missed them a lot. I missed being on the road and team camaraderie a lot. I missed playing basketball and missed competing."

Beverley said he won't be limited in his return and has done some physical contact during his workouts and his lone practice. 

The Rockets have started Eric Gordon and Corey Brewer alongside James Harden in the backcourt.

"I've been working out with three trainers here when the guys have been on the road, and I practiced (Friday) and competed at a high level," Beverley said. "I did one-on-one and a lot of contact stuff. I'm ready. I'm excited to get back out there and compete."

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Ray Allen Didn't Expect To Retire After 2014 Finals

Nov 10, 2016 11:34 AM

Ray Allen officially announced his retirement two years after playing in his final game in June of 2014 with the Miami Heat.

Allen had interest in playing in 14-15, 15-16 and even this season if the right opportunity presented itself.

“After the 2014 Finals, I didn’t really think I was done and I thought there would be an opportunity,” Allen said. “Then, I was thinking I didn’t necessarily need or want to go to training camp. So I was going to wait and see if there was a team that made sense for me.

“That first year went by, and it didn’t make sense. There was nowhere I thought I could fit in. Coming into last year, I said, ‘Well, let’s see how it goes again. I started thinking, ‘Do I really want to do it? Do I want to be with my children? Or do I want to be away from my children?’ Then again, there wasn’t a situation that was worth it. Two years went by so quickly.”

Allen said the right situation would have been the opportunity to compete for a title, playing time and playing for a coach who doesn't wear players out with practices.

“If a team made me an offer I couldn’t refuse, then I would’ve looked at it more seriously,” Allen said. “The way that year shaped up, nobody was knocking on my door saying, ‘We would love to have you.’ If I’m going to play, I’m going to have to move. I would have to leave my family or move my family. I didn’t feel I want to do that.

“One of the biggest factors was for me not to go back was the simple fact that I won twice already. I believed going into the 14-15 season, if I hadn’t won a championship, then I would’ve been on somebody’s roster. I would’ve moved. I would’ve tried to make it work anyway possible.”

The Houston Rockets offered the full mid-level exception to Allen in 2014.

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Rockets Will Continue Searching For 2nd Star To Pair With James Harden
While the Rockets spent their cap space on role players, they will continue to pursue a second star to pair with James Harden.

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Daryl Morey's Position As Rockets' GM Not As Secure As In Past
Leslie Alexander assumed a larger role with Daryl Morey in the team-building process this past offseason.

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James Harden Calls 15-16 'Growth Year'
James Harden has his swagger back this season, averaging 31.6 points, 12.7 assists and 7.1 rebounds per game.

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James Harden: Dwight And I Had No Beef, It Just Didn't Work Out
A source said the relationship between Dwight Howard and James Harden was "cordially bad."

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Rockets Offer Donatas Motiejunas Multi-Year Deal Starting At $7M
Donatas Motiejunas is still a restricted free agent after letting his $4.4 million qualifying offer expire.

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James Harden: I've Been Running Offense Since I've Been In Houston
James Harden's assists are up this season, averaging 12.4 per game.

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Rockets Decline 17-18 Option On Tyler Ennis
Houston nearly waived Tyler Ennis before the start of the season.

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Rockets Exercise 17-18 Options On Clint Capela, Sam Dekker
Clint Capela was the 25th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Rockets and has emerged over the past season as their most valued big man.

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James Harden Excited To Increase Assists As Rockets Enter Season With 'Different Vibe'
While James Harden has always been a prolific scorer, his ability as a passer may return to the public consciousness this season under Mike D'Antoni.

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Rockets Keep Tyler Ennis, Waive Pablo Prigioni
Tyler Ennis and the Rockets could negotiate a new deal if he clears waivers.

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Rockets' Management Pushed For Clint Capela To Play Over Dwight Howard
Input from James Harden influenced Houston's desire to decrease the minutes of Dwight Howard but team sources insist Harden was never part of those discussions.

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Patrick Beverley To Miss 4-6 Weeks With Knee Surgery
Eric Gordon will replace Beverley in the Rockets' starting lineup.

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Patrick Beverley Could Undergo Knee Surgery
Patrick Beverley has missed the past four preseason games with knee irritation.

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Isaiah Taylor Waived By Rockets
Isaiah Taylor didn't travel with the Rockets to China.

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Rockets Will Consider Starting Eric Gordon
Eric Gordon has typically started throughout his career and D'Antoni wants him to adjust to that role at least initially.

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Kevin McHale Doubts James Harden Evolve Into True Faciliator
Kevin McHale coached James Harden for several seasons with the Rockets.

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Rockets Prioritizing Defense Under Mike D'Antoni, Jeff Bzdelik
The Rockets' defensive rating per 100 possessions, at 109.1, was the ninth worst in the league last season.

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Rockets Would Have To Promise Sergio Llull Significant Role To Bring Him To NBA
Sergio Llull is a widely popular player for Real Madrid and signed an extension in 2015 for six seasons.

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Rockets Hope To Sign Sergio Llull Next Offseason
Houston has had interest in signing Sergio Llull in at least each of the past two offseasons.

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Donatas Motiejunas' Qualifying Offer With Rockets Expires
The Rockets spoke with Donatas Motiejunas' agent on Saturday but no progress was made on a deal.

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