Victor Oladipo turns down extension, two teams eyeing trade

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The Houston Rockets acquired two-time NBA All-Star Victor Oladipo in part of the four-team blockbuster trade that landed James Harden with the Brooklyn Nets. One of the concerns was that Oladipo is playing on an expiring contract. Now, he’s a name to watch in NBA trade rumors.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Oladipo turned down a two-year, $45.2 million contract extension offer from the Rockets. Additionally, two teams who’ve had interest in trading for Victor Oladipo include the New York Knicks and Miami Heat.

It has been a struggle for Oladipo to stay on the court for the Rockets this since being traded to Houston. He’s appeared in just 13 games since being dealt and that’s only four more than the amount he had participated in as a member of the Indiana Pacers.

It’s apparent that Victor Oladipo is still working his way back into form. He’s posted averages of 19.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 4.6 assists overall this season. While that may look impressive on-the-surface, he is converting at a rate of just 40.3% from the field and 32.3% from the perimeter.

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The Miami Heat have a real advantage if they truly want to integrate Victor Oladipo into their core. He’s been eyeing a move to their team for years and there has never been a more opportune time to pull off a trade for him given his trade value and expiring deal.

So far, the New York Knicks are in the middle of a playoff push and could use another shot creator on the perimeter to help solidify their chances. RJ Barrett hasn’t quite taken the next step as a player yet and having a player like Oladipo to rely on more at times could help.