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Houston Rockets: 3 teams who need both P.J. Tucker and Victor Oladipo

HOUSTON, TEXAS - FEBRUARY 11: Eric Gordon #10 of the Houston Rockets slaps hands with Victor Oladipo #7 during the second quarter against the Miami Heat at the Toyota Center on February 11, 2021 in Houston, Texas. 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 Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TEXAS - FEBRUARY 11: Eric Gordon #10 of the Houston Rockets slaps hands with Victor Oladipo #7 during the second quarter against the Miami Heat at the Toyota Center on February 11, 2021 in Houston, Texas. 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 Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
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Victor Oladipo #7 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
Victor Oladipo #7 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

Houston Rockets: Why packaging Victor Oladipo and P.J. Tucker is the right move

There is the possibility that the league’s foremost title contenders, many of whom have few first-round picks, will try to nickel and dime the Rockets for one of P.J Tucker and Victor Oladipo. Those franchises know the Rockets have a deadline and they’ll be comfortable playing a game of NBA trade deadline chicken.

If the Rockets aren’t getting the offers they deserve for either Oladipo or Tucker they shouldn’t be scared into selling low.  In the event that there is a bear market, the Rockets should up the ante and try to package both Oladipo and Tucker to the same team for one massive return.

By including both players the Rockets could extract maximum value, ease any team’s concern about price, and put pressure on all the championship hopefuls to make a move. The Rockets’ leverage would be in making it so there is no back-up plan, it’s either all or nothing.

If they trade the two individually the Rockets could probably get the equivalent of three first-round picks when players sent back are taken into consideration. However, if the two come together, they could up their asking price to four first-round picks and see which contender blinks first.

Banners hang forever and any contender that adds the combination Oladipo and Tucker would swing the championship odds in their favor. These are three teams that should go all in and pay up for the P.J. Tucker and Victor Oladipo bundle.

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