Houston Rockets: Moving on from Victor Oladipo
Many times, holding on to a player who is struggling is the best course of action. Whether it be injury or a stretch of poor play, there are a myriad of reasons that could prevent a player from playing up to their capabilities.
However, there can come a point where a player can drive their value low enough that it becomes time to move on sooner rather than later in order to cut a team’s losses. Victor Oladipo is starting to look like he may fall into this category.
When Oladipo came to Houston, the months leading up to the trade deadline were deemed a trial period; a time for both parties to evaluate how they fit together in order to decide how to move forward. Unfortunately, Oladipo’s time in Houston has not worked out as both sides would have hoped.
Since his arrival from the Indiana Pacers, Oladipo has missed several games and has shot poorly. With each passing game, Oladipo’s trade value continues to go down.
As the deadline quickly approaches, the Rockets are presented with the question of whether they should cut bait and get as much of a return as possible, or if they should weather the storm and commit to Oladipo long term. Ultimately, the best option for both sides may be to move on.
As the deadline approaches, the likelihood of a contender becoming desperate to make a move that puts them over the top will only increase. If the Rockets play their cards right, they should be able to convince a contender to pay a premium for Oladipo.
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