On Tuesday, the Houston Rockets closed the chapter on Kevin Porter Jr.'s stint with the franchise, as general manager Rafael Stone dealt Porter, along with two second-round picks, to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Victor Oladipo, Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, and a $4.5 million trade exception.
Porter was subsequently released by the Thunder, which was going to be the case all along. Any team trading for Porter was essentially doing so for the draft capital that was going to be attached to absolve the Rockets of him and any bad PR that came with him, in light of a domestic violence incident involving Porter in September.
9 players the Rockets can land for Victor Oladipo's expiring $9.5 million
Granted, the Rockets shouldn't be expecting anything from Oladipo, the main headliner in the deal, as he's recovering from a torn patellar tendon injury he suffered in April. Acquiring him was essentially about being able to retain his $9.5 million expiring salary to use in future trades, as the team sets its sights on vying for the postseason.
And although Robinson-Earl is a 22-year-old switchable defender who can be relied upon to be a serviceable long-range shooter (35 percent on 3.4 attempts in 2021-22 and 33.3 percent on 2.6 tries in 2022-23), the Rockets probably shouldn't expect much from him either. Let's take a look at several players the Rockets could acquire by way of Oladipo and the potential draft capital necessary to attach in any of these proposed deals.