NBA Trade Deadline Deal: Donatas Motiejunas, Marcus Thornton to Detroit Pistons

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The first major trade during the NBA’s trade deadline day has been reported with the Houston Rockets sending young big man Donatas Motiejunas and veteran guard Marcus Thornton to the Detroit Pistons, confirms Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

The Pistons are reportedly not giving up much on the deal with Joel Anthony and a protected first rounder sent to Houston, according to tweets from Wojnarowski.

Motiejunas is a 25-year-old from Lithuania who has seen little playing time for the Rockets in the 2015-2016 season. However, last year when he had playing time, the Lithuanian averaged 12.0 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 71 games played.

Motiejunas has played in just 14 games this season with averages of 5.6 points and 1.6 rebounds. Meanwhile, Thornton is part of the Rockets’ rotation this season and averages 10.0 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 47 games played.

The Rockets are struggling this season and are just in ninth place in the Western Conference at the NBA All-Star break with 27 wins against 28 losses.

Houston has also been prominent in trade rumors the past week with Dwight Howard reportedly on the trading block for the Rockets.

The Pistons are one of the most active teams before the trade deadline this week after acquiring Tobias Harris in an earlier deal with the Orlando Magic, who got Ersan Ilyasova and Brandon Jennings from Detroit.

The Pistons are also in ninth place in the Eastern Conference with 27 wins against 27 losses so far this season. Being very active this week on trades, Detroit is expected to be pushing hard for a playoff spot this season.

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