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Donatas Motiejunas trade in jeopardy, Pistons granted extension to further review big man's back issues

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Detroit has until 6pm Monday to clear Motiejunas and validate the trade

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The Pistons were without two players as they went up against the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday afternoon, with both Marcus Thornton and Donatas Motiejunas still not cleared to play. The trade that brought them to Detroit has yet to be cleared due to both players needing to pass physicals. Motiejunas' back issues have held up the medical clearance process, and as CSN Philly's Jessica Carmerato confirmed (as did Detroit's Keith Langlois), Detroit has been granted an extra 24 hours to evaluate the Lithuanian big man's lingering back injury.

Should Detroit be unhappy with the state of their new acquisition's health, they are within their rights to void the trade, something the Detroit News' Rod Beard believes has a small possibility of happening. If SVG and the Pistons decide to void the trade, all players and trade chips used in the three-team deal would return to their respective teams. This would mean Motown retains Joel Anthony as well as its 2016 first round pick, while Motiejunas and Thornton would return to Houston. Philadelphia on the other hand, who didn't give up any assets in the trade, would not be able to keep JaKarr Sampson, who they waived in order to accommodate the move.

However, as NBA Insider Bobby Marks points out, they could use Motiejunas' injury to renegotiate the deal they struck with the Rockets and Sixers. As Van Gundy told assembled media, including Beard, the Pistons are trying to do their due diligence to figure out the extent of Donatas' issues:

"Obviously, it's really key to get that checked out," Van Gundy said Friday. We have an understanding --€” one of the guys that was with him in Houston has likened it to what (Clippers guard J.J. Redick) had.

"He said there would be occasional flare-ups, which J.J. had a little bit this year, but for the most part, OK. If that's the case, then you're going to live with a guy having to miss three or four games every once in a while to get a guy of his talent."

Should the Pistons nix the trade outright if there are underlying issues with Motiejunas, or should they keep him and renegotiate the deal? Have your say in the comment section below.