Houston Rockets Victor Oladipo option #2: Sign and trade in the offseason
If the Rockets can’t find a suitable offer for Oladipo before the deadline then holding onto him isn’t the worst option. The Rockets, even if they don’t trade before the deadline, can still swing him in a sign and trade.
While it’s unusual for teams to recoup a lot in a sign and trade, this offseason offers the Rockets an unusual opportunity. If Oladipo wants to land a five-year deal worth $195 million, the only team that can offer him that is the Houston Rockets.
If another team wants Oladipo and the trump card is giving him that deal then the Rockets could be in a position to land a decent return. The average annual salary of that contract is $39 million and if the signing team is up against the cap they’d have to offload a bunch of salaries just to fit him in the roster.
The Rockets won’t land a star in this return but they could easily land valuable players who could either be moved for more pieces or help the team. It should be noted, that the fact that this option exists could be incredibly helpful for the Rockets when negotiating a move for Oladipo before the deadline.
There is no reason to sell low on Oladipo when you can sign and trade him in the offseason. That little extra leverage could be the difference in landing an extra pick or young player when negotiating at the deadline.
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