Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – Houston Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas was traded to the Detroit Pistons at the NBA Trade Deadline. The Pistons elected to void the trade after saying that Motiejunas failed his team physical after the trade was completed.

In an interview that was held in Lithuanian after Rockets practice, and translated here, seems to be an accurate translation where Motiejunas says that the voiding of the trade “was a joke.”

Here is part of the interview that stands out strongest:

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.

Another interesting comment from the translation is Motiejunas saying he would be talking to his lawyers about the trade being voided:

Interviewer: The Rockets wanted to trade you, but now you are staying in Houston. It looks like some sort of misunderstanding?

Motiejunas: I wouldn’t call it that. The Rockets were not giving me away for free, they got a high draft pick. A high pick is very useful, so I completely understand them. From my side, I see it as a business. I know they did not want to give me away and offered many other players to the Pistons, but the guys in Detroit wanted only me. 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.

It will be very interesting to see how this plays out for Motiejunas and the Rockets going forward.