Houston Rockets Trade Donatas Motiejunas and Marcus Thornton to Detroit Pistons
The Houston Rockets have traded forwards Donatas Motiejunas and Marcus Thornton to the Detroit Pistons for Joel Anthony and a protected 2016 first round pick.Advertisement
Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Rockets and Pistons have agreed to the trade with immediate effect. The Rockets will effectively save $1.2m in luxury taxes and opens up a roster spot. They are now $1 .25m below the hard cap.
Pistons’ pick is a top-15 protected – which means Houston will get to draft a promising young player in the 2016 NBA Draft. It seems like a good move since Motiejunas and Thornton weren’t receiving enough playing time in recent months.
This is a win-now move for the Pistons, who just acquired Tobias Harris a few days ago. They are still very much in playoff contention and will benefit from the presence of veterans such as Motiejunas and Thornton. Motiejunas has appeared in just 14 games this season due to a back injury, but he’s been been cleared to return.
“A little surprised. But it’s part of the business. So when the deadline comes, you’re kind of afraid of that. It’s just natural feelings,” Motiejunas told ESPN after the trade went down.
Thornton is averaging 10 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists a game. Anthony, meanwhile, has played in only 13 games for the Pistons this year. He’s played 17 minutes total since January 1, and has played double-digit minutes only once this season (14 against the Bulls in December).
A little later, Houston Rockets sent newly acquired center Joel Anthony and a future second-round pick (via the Nuggets) to the 76ers in exchange for the rights of forward Chukwudiebere Maduabum.