For Victor Oladipo, his short time with the Houston Rockets has not gone exactly according to plan. Since coming from Indiana, Oladipo has seen a dip in nearly every notable offensive stat. Most concerning, his field goal percentage has dropped down to 39 percent.
In short, Victor Oladipo has not reached the All-Star potential that he had shown in the 2017-18 season. With that in mind though, how could anyone blame him for his subpar play?
When the Rockets pulled the trigger on bringing in Oladipo, they understood that there were health concerns associated with the two-time All-Star. Rockets general manager Rafael Stone and the Rockets’ front office knew they were taking a risk.
3 trades the Houston Rockets could make involving Victor Oladipo
That risk, to this point, has not paid off. In the 18 games since Oladipo was made available after the trade, he has missed 7 of them, making it difficult for him to become the pillar of the Rockets’ lineup that fans and Stephen Silas hoped he would be.
Deeper than his injury concerns though, are the shoes he is being asked to fill.
For the past eight years, James Harden had been the one constant for the Houston Rockets, providing All-NBA production every step of the way. As Oladipo tries to find his footing in Houston, he is inevitably going to be compared to James Harden.
For nearly every player in the NBA, that is a recipe for disaster.
All of these factors contribute to the issues currently at hand. And as the deadline approaches, it could be time for both sides to part ways before it’s too late.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at three trades that could ship Oladipo off to a contender at the deadline.
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