Donatas Motiejunas to seek legal action over trade to the Pistons

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Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Lithuanian Donatas Motiejunas will be seeking possible legal action against the Detroit Pistons over a collapsed trade that saw him move from the Houston Rockets to the Motor City.

Via BasketNews.lt, (translation from SB Nation, Detroit Bad Boys):

The medical examination is a funny thing. The team doctor simply says whether you pass or don’t, although they may not even do any checks. Those 48 hours actually just let the team decide whether they want you or not. The Pistons announced I did not pass the medical, although I surely did pass it and played even before it. I just got ‘screwed’. The injury was a pretense to call off the trade. They changed their minds.

Now I will be talking to my agent and lawyers to clarify what to do next. The Pistons had access to my full medical history, so they shouldn’t have done what they did to me. They decreased my value. The medical examination I ‘failed’ was a joke. The Pistons will have some explaining to do why they did not want the trade anymore. We will see what happens.

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If there is any proof that the Pistons failed Motijunas’ physical for any reasons other than concerns about his long-term health then it would require sanctions and swift action from the NBA.

There are, however, ample reasons to be skeptical that Detroit did anything wrong. First, Motiejunas, as a pending restricted free agent, has every reason to downplay any injury concerns as he looks to sign a new long-term deal this offseason.

Motiejunas was traded in February and once the trade was rescinded, he returned to the Rockets and played for the Rio Grande Vipers in the NBA D-League.