Donatas Motiejunas.

Pistons-Rockets deadline day trade in doubt due to injury concern

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When the Detroit Pistons agreed to a deadline day trade to bring in Donatas Motiejunas from the Houston Rockets many saw it as a shrewd move from the Eastern Conference team. 

Reports today, however, claim that there is a legitimate chance the Lithuanian big man's move to Detroit never actually goes through.


According to Calvin Watkins of ESPN, the trade could be voided due to the Pistons' fears over Motiejunas' lingering back injury.

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Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy confirmed to reporters on Sunday night that the team had requested, and been granted, a 24-hour extension by the NBA to perform the necessary due diligence.

This gives them until 11pm UK time to decide whether to sign Motiejunas or pull the plug on the deal altogether.

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The 25-year-old center hasn't played in the NBA since December as he deals with back issues and, clearly, the Pistons aren't 100-percent convinced the problem will be overcome in the near future.

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If he can stay healthy, Motiejunas would provide solid backup from Andre Drummond and is a versatile option. Unfortunately for Detroit, that 'if' appears more pronounced than they thought when the trade was made with Houston last Thursday.


If the European's injury does prove too much of a hurdle to overcome, there are several other players that would be affected.

Marcus Thornton was also sent to the Pistons from Houston as part of the trade while Joel Anthony made his way to the Philadelphia 76ers to make room in Detroit.

Their futures hang in the balance until Motiejunas' situation is resolved, with a return to their original franchises a possibility if it all falls through.

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