With Victor Oladipo reportedly not being happy about being dealt to the Houston Rockets, here are three players the Rockets could land for Oladipo.
The Houston Rockets officially closed the chapter on the James Harden era on Wednesday, as they sent him packing for a massive haul of draft picks. The Rockets landed four first-round draft picks, four pick swaps, and former All-Star Victor Oladipo.
The deal put a much needed end to the Harden drama, which ultimately reached an unexpected peak following the Rockets’ blowout defeat to the 2019-20 champion Los Angeles Lakers. Harden stated that he felt that the Rockets weren’t good enough to compete with the top-tier teams in the Western Conference, while also stating that he felt he had done all he could for the franchise and the city of Houston, the latter of which are comments that can’t be taken seriously.
Rockets general manager Rafael Stone did better than anyone could have expected or asked for, as the Rockets replenished their lack of draft picks in the deal, which is a problem that was caused by former Rockets GM Daryl Morey, who openly admitted that he didn’t value draft picks or building for the future. But although the Rockets moved on from one player who didn’t want to be in Houston in Harden, they didn’t exactly rid themselves of players that didn’t want to be in the Space City,
Shortly after the Harden deal was completed reports surfaced that Oladipo wasn’t happy about joining the Houston Rockets, as provided courtesy of Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer.
“Houston could also still flip Oladipo, who wanted out of Indiana but landed in another place he doesn’t want to be. League sources say Oladipo still hopes to find himself in Miami.”
With Oladipo not exactly thrilled about joining the Rockets, let’s take a look at three players Houston Rockets GM Rafael Stone could land by trading him.
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