Pistons rescind three-player, three-team deal with Rockets and 76ers

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The Detroit Pistons rescinded a three-player, three-team trade with the Houston Rockets and Philadelphia 76ers before Monday night's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Pistons general manager Jeff Bower said all the players involved in the deal were not cleared medically. He did not provide details, citing medical privacy.

Houston had traded guard Marcus Thornton and center Donatas Motiejunas to Detroit last week for center Joel Anthony and a protected, first-round draft pick this year.

The Rockets also made the move to acquire the draft rights of forward Chukwudiebere Maduabum from Philadelphia.

Thornton averaged 10 points in his first 47 games with Houston. Motiejunas started 62 games for the Rockets last season, but appeared in just 14 games this season after having back surgery. Anthony has been a seldom-used reserve for the Pistons.

Sticking point

The Pistons pulled the plug on the trade having been handed a 24-hour extension by the NBA to assess whether the Motiejunas, who hadn't appeared in an NBA game since December 31, was healthy enough. 

Clearly, their due diligence led them to believe this was not the case and the Latvian big man will now seek to find full fitness back in Houston.

On the same night as cancelling the trade, Detroit was able to halt a five-game losing streak to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-88.

Houston, meanwhile, is in action tonight against the Utah Jazz.

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