Rockets: 3 trades to send Victor Oladipo to the Heat
With Houston Rockets guard Victor Oladipo reportedly interested in joining the Miami Heat, here are three trades that would send Oladipo to South Beach.
Victor Oladipo‘s three-year run with the Indiana Pacers last week, when he was dealt to the Houston Rockets, in a deal that sent James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets and Caris LeVert to the Pacers. Oladipo had reportedly wanted out of Indiana, although he became an All-Star and All-NBA player with the Pacers, after underwhelming stints with the Orlando Magic and Oklahoma City Thunder, which led many to label him as a draft bust.
After Oladipo was dealt to the Rockets, reports surfaced that he wanted to be dealt to the Miami Heat and was unhappy about being in Houston. Rockets sharpshooter Ben McLemore, who was in the same draft class as Oladipo, debunked those reports, stating that he and the two-time All-Star had been in contact and that Oladipo was eager to join the Rockets on the court.
Oladipo also did his part to dispel those rumors, stating that he knows bright days are in store for the Rockets and that he hopes to be a part of those days. Through two games with the Rockets, Oladipo has posted averages of 27 points, 7.5 assists, five rebounds, and 2.5 steals, while making 35.7 percent of his threes.
Oladipo has posted true shooting splits of 54.2 percent and has had a player efficiency rating of 23.5, which is a career-best.
Despite Oladipo’s string of stellar performances, his contract ends at the conclusion of this season, and he’ll turn 29 in May, which is a combination that should lead Rockets general manager Rafael Stone to trade him, as the Rockets are clearly rebuilding.
Not to mention the fact that the Rockets are stocking up on draft picks, which was spear-headed by the James Harden trade, which garnered four unprotected first-round picks and four additional pick swaps. With Oladipo’s interest in Miami and the Rockets’ best move being to deal him, here are three trades that would send Oladipo to the Miami Heat.
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