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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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Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans and Victor Oladipo #7 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

Houston Rockets trading Victor Oladipo: The Verdict

The pros and cons of trading Victor Oladipo come out to be almost identical. The future value that trading him would bring is largely equal to the present strife that it would cause.

How the Rockets view their future and their present will be on full display over the coming two months. The most likely scenario is that the Rockets will let the standings make their decision for them.

If they’re in a position to secure a top-six seed then the decision to keep Oladipo is easy. If they’re out of the playoff picture entirely then moving him is also an easy decision. However, the most likely outcome will be that they see themselves in the middle of this picture.

The Rockets at 11-11 will likely hover in the dreaded play-in tournament segment of the standings where the decision to keep Oladipo will be very difficult. Making the playoffs would be a wonderful story but any team in the play-in tournament has almost no chance at making a deep playoff run.

If the Rockets find themselves in the middle then they’ll likely look to move Oladipo and build for the future. The move won’t be popular but it’s the course they set for themselves this offseason.

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In the end, the best front offices are devoid of emotion and this season was meant to be used as a springboard for the future. The run the Rockets have been on with Oladipo has been magical but the front office will likely look to pull the plug on it to build a true championship roster.

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