After trading away James Harden for Victor Oladipo and a boatload of draft picks, rumors immediately started about the Houston Rockets flipping Oladipo forward for future assets. With the public perception being that the Rockets would be entering a long-term rebuild, having a 29-year old player on an expiring contract looking for big money didn’t seem to fit the team’s needs.
However, since then the Rockets have banded together and shown that they are a competitive, as shown by their recent six game win streak. During the streak, the trade rumors had quieted down a bit and it seemed like the Rockets would hold on to him for team success.
The moment they lost a game, the rumors started up again and all sorts of teams from the Miami Heat to the Philadelphia 76ers to the New York Knicks are being rumored as trade destinations.
Why the Houston Rockets trade rumors with Oladipo must be met with skepticism
One bad game in a stretch of seven games does not spell the end of the Oladipo era as a Rocket and it shouldn’t. While the loss to the Thunder was a particularly bad one, things like that happen throughout the course of an entire NBA season and the Rockets are in no hurry to trade away a player who has been so instrumental in the team’s chemistry and mindset.
There will be plenty of offers for Oladipo in the coming month, but there are plenty of reasons for the Rockets to be patient.
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