It’s been a wild start to the season for the Houston Rockets and their fan base. Not only have they had to deal with Harden and the drama surrounding his trade request and lack of on-court focus, but now it seems their newest addition, two-time all-star Victor Oladipo, also doesn’t want to be a Rocket according to a report from Kevin O’ Connor from The Ringer.
Oladipo apparently is still eyeing the Miami Heat as his preferred destination. This would be a tough blow for fans of the Rockets. Now you would think if the Rockets know Victor Oladipo doesn’t want to be there, then they would trade him to the Heat, right?
It might not be that simple, however
We have to remember, Oladipo who is 28 years old and hasn’t played more than 36 games in a season, is an unrestricted free agent after this year; so, they don’t have much leverage in a trade-in in that regards. On the positive side, Victor Oladipo has averaged 20 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 4.2 assists in what has become a sort of bounce-back season for him.
It will be interesting to see who the Heat are willing to give up in a trade to the Rockets for Oladipo. It also makes you wonder if the Houston Rockets regret flipping LeVert for Oladipo in their jaw-dropping trade involving Harden. Caris LeVert, who is 26 years old and averaged 18.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 6 assists while playing off the bench for the Nets, could have been a great addition for the Rockets; they were looking for a guard to pair with John Wall in the backcourt.
Of course, this all depends on the Miami Heat, who have to decide what’s the best path to take. Is giving up assets for Oladipo now worth it, or is waiting until the offseason to sign him a better option? You can’t count out the possibility of the Rockets wanting to keep him on the team either; although, I think that may be highly unlikely considering what they just had to go through with James Harden. We will have to wait and see what everyone involved decides to do as we get closer to the NBA trade deadline, which is March 25th.
I’m just a guy who loves the NBA. I believe everyone is entitled to their own opinion and I respect that. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @MARStheMARS