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3 Rockets-Pistons trades involving Victor Oladipo

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)
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Victor Oladipo #7 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
Victor Oladipo #7 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

Houston Rockets trade #3.

In this trade proposal the Houston Rockets would receive an intriguing young prospect from the Pistons in Killian Hayes, who would be the focus of the deal. To make the salaries work, Detroit would have to also include Dennis Smith Jr. and Delon Wright.

Hayes is in the midst of an injury-filled rookie campaign in which he’s played just seven games, as he’s battled hip injuries. Hayes is just 19-years-old and has averaged 7.8 points and 6.1 assists per 36 minutes, which is an indication of the value he can provide as a true point guard for the future.

The 6-foot-5 point guard flashed talent during international play, and especially last season, when he averaged 12.8 points and 6.2 assists, while shooting 39 percent from long-range on 4.1 attempts, which is what drew the attention of the Pistons in the first place. Hayes was third in the EuroCup in assists and also finished 10th in steals during the 2019-20 season, averaging 1.5 steals per game.

With John Wall on the Houston Rockets’ roster, he’d be able to show Hayes how the point guard position is played in the NBA. In addition, Wall knows a thing or two about being a top lottery pick and having to live up to the expectations that come with being such a high selection.

Hayes is under contract through 2024, in a deal that includes a team option in both 2022 and 2023, which would be of value to the Rockets. For the Pistons, they would receive two additional picks, including one in the first round, which the Rockets acquired in the P.J. Tucker trade from the Milwaukee Bucks. Not to mention that the Rockets’ second-round pick this year is quite valuable, as it’s going to be one of the top picks in the round.

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