3 Rockets-Pistons trades involving Victor Oladipo
Houston Rockets trade #1.
In this deal the Pistons would be a trade partner for the Rockets, but not the team that lands Oladipo directly. The Pistons would help facilitate a Oladipo trade to the Atlanta Hawks, who would have much more of a need for his services.
The Pistons would send Jerami Grant to Houston and bring in John Collins instead, who is four years younger than Grant, as he’s just 23-years-old compared to Grant, who is 27. In addition, Collins is a better 3-point shooter than Grant, as he holds a career 3-point shooting average of 37.1 percent compared to Grant, who averages 34.2 percent from long-range.
Simply put, Collins possesses much more upside than Grant at this stage of his career. The Pistons would have to legitimately believe that in order to make this move, and they’d also have to be swayed by the ability to add additional pieces, such as Houston Rockets utility player Danuel House and Hawks sniper Bojan Bogdanovic.
For the Rockets, they’d receive Grant, who many within the fan base have been yearning for. In addition, the Rockets would receive the young player they’ve been commonly requesting in Cam Reddish, who the Hawks may have already given up on.
In this scenario, Atlanta would get back Oladipo, who would help form one of the best backcourts in the Eastern Conference, alongside Trae Young, and Pistons guard Delon Wright, who is averaging 10.5 points, 5.1 assists, and 4.6 rebounds, while shooting 35.6 percent from three.