When the Houston Rockets were shopping James Harden, they reportedly were in search of a young franchise cornerstone. For that reason, many expected the Rockets to send Harden to the Philadelphia 76ers, as they boast Ben Simmons, who is just 24-years-old and made both the All-NBA team and All-Defensive team last season.
The Rockets opted for Victor Oladipo instead, and a litany of draft picks, in a deal that also sent Harden to his desired destination in the Brooklyn Nets. It wasn’t understood whether Oladipo would be a long-term fit with the Rockets, as he’s in an expiring year of his contract and previously decided against an extension with the Pacers.
2 reasons why Victor Oladipo declined the Houston Rockets’ offer
The Rockets also reportedly offered Oladipo an extension, and he declined it as well (surprise, surprise). The deal was reportedly worth up to $45 million over two years, which made his decision to decline it surprising, as many don’t believe he’s worth the $22.5 million per year that he was offered.
Although Oladipo’s decision appeared to catch the masses off guard, it seems logical, for several reasons. Here are two reasons why Oladipo decided against the Rockets’ offer.
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