1. Denver Nuggets
Windhorst was joined on the podcast by ESPN’s Royce Young, who mentioned the Denver Nuggets as a team that should want the Houston Rockets guard.
“One that jumps off the page to me is Denver. I feel like Denver is in need of a trade. They are in need of firepower.
They’ve needed wing help for two years now. I know they all like Facundo Campazzo and he’s fun to watch but I don’t know how much Mike Malone wants to play him many minutes in a playoff series.
And they’ve got young guys that they probably would be willing to part with to make a deal happen. They’ve got young players that could maybe compel the Rockets to take their offer.”
Windhorst mentioned a player that Denver could use as a centerpiece of a deal for Oladipo.
“Gary Harris has been involved in trade talks to a handful of teams in the last 6-8 months. He’s really struggled for the last year and a half and I just don’t think his value is that high. He’s got money left on the deal.”
Windhorst also explored the possibility of the Nuggets including several of the aforementioned younger players that Young referenced, starting with R.J. Hampton.
“If Houston thinks about that, maybe. Maybe Bol Bol. Maybe Hampton and Bol Bol.”
Young explained that the pressure and expectations could prompt the Nuggets to make a move for Oladipo, as they appeared to be on the rise after their postseason in the bubble, but haven’t looked like the same team thus far.
“They went to the Western Conference Finals, they’ve been disappointing this year, there’s a little bit of pressure building on them. I could see them being a player at the deadline.
The Nuggets might very clearly be looking at it as a pure rental. But they’re in that window phase.”
It’ll be interesting to see what the Houston Rockets do with Oladipo, as it’s also a possibility that they hold on to him. If they do trade him, which would seem like the best option, these four teams could be a likely destination.