Houston - Rockets restricted free agent forward Donatas Motiejunas signed a 4-year/$37 million offer sheet with the Brooklyn Nets.
Motiejunas and the Rockets have been in the midst of a contract stalemate, and he has not played this season.
The Rockets, who officially received the offer sheet, have 72 hours to match the deal, or Motiejunas goes to the Nets
"Just received offer sheet - we are evaluating," Daryl Morey, Rockets general manager, said in a text to FOX 26 Sports.
Motiejunas is relieved and happy that he has a new contract and is about to return to basketball.
"I think it's a fair deal. It's the right deal for me this time," Motiejunas said in an interview with Fox 26 Sports. "That's why I accepted. We'll see what's going to happen."
Motiejunas says he will not be disappointed if the Rockets match the Nets offer sheet and keep him.
"No, definitely not," Motiejunas said. "It's been four beautiful years in Houston.
"I'm happy with the people I was working with. I'm happy with the city. This is a business. Which ever jersey I'm going to wear, I'm going to play as hard as I can for that team."
In his first four seasons in the NBA, Motiejunas averaged 7.8 points and 4 rebounds and shot 47.5% from the field.
"I'm happy that Brooklyn approached me," Motiejunas said. "They see me as a piece for the team. I did what I had to do. The Rockets have to do what they have to do. It's up to them."
Motiejunas said his new contract will not change how he lives or how he approaches the game.
"It doesn't change anything," Motiejunas said. "All my life the goal was not about money.
"At this point I'm happy from a number of sides. My future is secure. By making smart decisions in my life I'll be able to live the rest of my life on this money.
"It'll never change my attitude toward basketball. I think I have a gift. God gave me a gift. I'm tall and talented. I have skills I worked really hard for. My goal is to be the best player I can be. The grind never stops for me."