Houston Rockets Victor Oladipo option #1: Re-sign him in the offseason
The final option the Rockets have with Oladipo is to re-sign him in the offseason. At the moment this seems like the most unlikely of options but there are few reasons why the two might want to work a deal out.
The first is that the Rockets can offer him a fifth year for a total of $195 million. The second is that the market for Oladipo could be lukewarm and the Rockets might be willing to offer him a contract with an early opt-out.
The third reason is that the Rockets might think Oladipo can be an integral part of their rebuilding efforts. Oladipo’s start to his Rockets’ career has been uneven but Oladipo, John Wall, and Christian Wood have only played three games together, all wins.
That group has only shared the court for 53 minutes this season but they have posted a net-rating of +15.61 points per 100 possessions. While that is an incredibly small sample, it just shows how little the Rockets actually know about this roster.
When Christain Wood comes back, if that trio can continue to dominate opponents then the Rockets might be very motivated to bring Oladipo back. The Rockets don’t control all of their future picks so being horrible just to increase their lottery odds won’t be as effective of a rebuilding strategy.
It might look like the Rockets and Oladipo are headed for a divorce but there’s a real chance that the two could look to extend their partnership. The Rockets with their full roster looked like a playoff team and they can offer Oladipo more money than anyone else.
The Houston Rockets have three options with Victor Oladipo. Each one has its benefits and no matter the route the Rockets take they’ll likely get good value from Oladipo.