Why the Rockets should trade Victor Oladipo to the Miami Heat

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Why the deal works for the Houston Rockets and Miami Heat

This would be great for the Houston Rockets, for several reasons. But lets start with Iguodala.

The former Finals MVP will be getting bought out instantly. Get his contracts off the books and letting him sign with a contender is the best case scenario for both parties involved.

Nunn and Robinson are two good young players to add to the young core of Christian Wood, Jae’Sean Tate, Mason Jones, and Kevin Porter Jr. This would give Nunn a great opportunity to learn behind John Wall and Robinson would bring elite shooting to a team that is used to shooting the three ball, which is the perfect fit.

The 2022 Miami first-round pick should be a late first-rounder, but it adds to the terrific amount of draft capital Stone and the Rockets have received.

Another aspect that hasn’t been brought up has been the contracts. Every single player in this ideal package are currently on one year contracts. So people might question, why would the Heat do this?

Duncan Robinson and Kendrick Nunn might be asking for a bigger contract and if you’re Riley, are you giving them the money? It shouldn’t shock anyone if Robinson asks for around $15 million per year, whereas Nunn probably ask for a little over $10 million.

Now, this is all assumption and speculation but in an era where everyone gets paid big dollars, this shouldn’t make it any different. The risk of losing out on young talent for nothing can actually hurt a team in the same way it can hurt to let a superstar walk for nothing.

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This trade works perfectly for both sides, which is why as you’re reading this article, Stone should be on the phone with Riley getting this deal done as soon as possible.