Houston Rockets’ Terrence Jones And Donatas Motiejunas Bypassed Their Contract Extensions, Rockets In The Hunt For Vital PF Next Season?
It looks like both Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas are in a hunt for a huge payday as both Houston Rockets big men bypassed their contract extensions.
According to Yahoo! Sports, the outlook goes both ways as the Houston organization are also not budging. Their previous talks with the representatives of both players have gained no movement.
Jones has held his ground in the shaded lane as being an effective partner for superstar Dwight Howard. In the 2014-2015 season of the NBA, the former Kentucky Wildcat averaged 11.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 33 outings. He, however, had a lengthy time off on the hard court owed to nerve inflammation in his left leg and a partial pneumothorax condition.
Motiejunas like Jones was also plagued with a season-ending back injury last March and is still undergoing rehabilitation. Despite this setback, the 7’0 Lithuanian had a break-out season wherein he had a shot percentage of 50.4 in 71 games with an average of 12 points and 5.9 rebounds. The forward had a stellar 7-year European career before he was acquired by the Rockets in 2012.
Coach Kevin McHale and the rest of the Rockets front office will still have this season to appraise the value of both players which they will likely look into within the end.
However NBC Sports speculated, that the Rockets have not really been giving much importance to both players who are coveting for the same power forward spot.
It was reported in June that the management hungered for a proper enhancement in the “4” position with their eyes set on either Kevin Love or LaMarcus Aldridge. Both never materialize as Love stuck and gave the Cleveland Cavaliers another chance and Aldridge left the Portland Trailblazers for the San Antonio Spurs.
The Houston Rockets will play the Golden State Warriors on Friday, Oct. 30, 2015.