The Houston Rockets are firmly in the playoff conversation and have played their best basketball since they traded away franchise superstar James Harden. While the Harden trade brought back a plethora of future assets, the team’s present looks to be brighter than anyone could have expected.
The franchise is in a precarious situation where they have the look of a playoff team but are also clearly gearing up for a rebuild. Balancing the future with the present is the current task of Rockets’ general manager Rafael Stone, which is what makes the Victor Oladipo situation so complicated.
Victor Oladipo: Should he stay or should he go?
Oladipo, the centerpiece of the James Harden trade, is on an expiring contract but has been rumored to be available for the right price. The Rockets are currently in the wait and see phase with him but his services could become hotly contested as the trade deadline approaches and contenders look to add the final piece to round out a championship roster.
The Rockets have time to determine whether they’ll move Oladipo this season for assets or let him run down his contract but the time will come when the franchise will have to make a decision. There are clear benefits to both keeping or trading Oladipo that the franchise will have to weigh.
The NBA trade deadline is set for March 25th, which gives the Rockets a little under two months to determine if they’ll keep or move Oladipo. These are three pros and cons to the Rockets trading Victor Oladipo and the final verdict on if they should.
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