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Houston Rockets: 3 pros and cons to trading Victor Oladipo

CLEVELAND, OHIO - OCTOBER 26: Victor Oladipo #4 of the Indiana Pacers shows off his t-shirt during the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on October 26, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers defeated the Pacers 110-99. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OHIO - OCTOBER 26: Victor Oladipo #4 of the Indiana Pacers shows off his t-shirt during the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on October 26, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers defeated the Pacers 110-99. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Bradley Beal #3 of the Washington Wizards, Victor Oladipo #4 of the Indiana Pacers (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Houston Rockets trading Victor Oladipo Pro #2: He could be the best player at the deadline

Victor Oladipo represents the Rockets’ best chance to continue to add future pieces without giving up anyone that could realistically be on their next great team. What is Oladipo’s value? Part of that will come down to how he plays but it will also come down to who is available at the deadline.

If Bradley Beal stays in Washington through the season, then Oladipo will be the best available guard on the market. The current market for a superstar, which Oladipo is a step below, is four to six first-round picks and swaps and at least one interesting young player or quality veteran.

The Rockets won’t sniff that but Oladipo could land the franchise the equivalent of two first-round picks, whether it’s through young players or future protected picks. Oladipo’s value could go even higher if multiple contenders are bidding for his services.

Would the Celtics offer more to get Oladipo if it means that the Sixers wouldn’t get him? Trading for Oladipo doesn’t just make your roster better but it also means your opponents’ roster won’t have been upgraded.

The Rockets are in a position to pick from a group of highly competitive offers that could see Oladipo’s trade value begin to approach the status of a superstar. The demand for Oladipo is there, and the supply is limited, if the theory of supply and demand is to be trusted, it sounds like a perfect time to sell.

Next: Con #2

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