Houston Rockets forwards Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas will both be without contract extensions at the Nov. 2 deadline, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Shams Charania. Neither player was reportedly close to reaching a deal, and both will head to restricted free agency next summer when the cap explodes.
Jones, 23, has shown promise in his three-plus seasons in Houston, although he only played 33 games last year due to health issues. In those 33 games, he averaged 11.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.8 blocks. The year before, he averaged 12.1 points and 6.9 rebounds in 76 games, and it looked like he was on the verge of breaking out before the injury woes last year.
Motiejunas, 25, was a limited contributor in his first two seasons, but he played really well last year with Jones missing so much time, averaging 12.0 points and 5.9 rebounds while shooting 50.4 percent overall and 36.8 percent from three. However, the big man missed the end of the year with a back injury he’s still recovering from.
While Jones and Motiejuns aren’t going to be locked up long term, this isn’t a bad thing for Houston. Both players will have relatively small cap holds (around $6 million), so that gives the Rockets more flexibility with cap space in free agency. A trade is also a possibility at some point this season if Houston thinks it can get something good in return.