Victor Oladipo has had an up and down couple of seasons. Since his 2017-18 breakout year, Oladipo has struggled to get back to his All-NBA level. After rupturing his quad part-way through the 2018-19 season Oladipo has struggled to get back on the court.
After only playing 19 games in 19-20 he was traded to Houston as part of the James Harden deal this year and in 14 games for the Rockets he has put up a solid stat line of 20/5/5 with 1.5 steals a game. However, the Rockets have been struggling as of late losing their last 12 games. Reports from NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Oladipo has already turned down a 2-year contract extension from the Rockets signifying that his future likely lays elsewhere.
While Oladipo is still a productive NBA player he will be commanding a sizable contract this offseason so the only teams with a chance to get him on the trade market would be teams willing to pay him in the offseason or risk letting him walk. There are several teams that are in need of a perimeter defender and Oladipo is still a good scorer who can help teams on both ends of the floor.
Miami has struggled early this season but lately has been able to turn around their fortunes by winning seven of their last ten games. However, they are still playing well below their expectations and a new piece might help the reigning eastern conference champions get back on track. Miami could send Kelly Olynyk, Andre Igoudala, and draft compensation for Victor Oladipo and PJ Tucker
This works for both teams by giving the Heat some defensive upgrades in Oladipo and Tucker while also adding some offensive power without losing too many key pieces. Houston doesn’t have to worry about losing Oladipo for nothing and they get two expiring contracts that they can flip again in the future. Houston is more excited about getting draft picks back than anything as Oladipo’s trade value has dropped significantly over the last few years. Oladipo is also likely to resign in Miami to form a strong trio with All stars Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo.
The Nuggets have been ravaged by injuries this season and still struggle with perimeter defense, but adding a fringe star in Oladipo might not be able to move the needle. Denver has been forced to rely on internal improvement over the last few years, but there is only so much they are able to do. The Nuggets have expressed interest in Oladipo and F PJ Tucker but both are on expiring contracts and might leave just like Jerami Grant did last season. The best option would have to be to trade Will Barton and Gary Harris for Victor Oladipo and PJ Tucker
This could be a great trade for Denver but it leaves them without a small forward. Oladipo is an upgrade over Harris but losing Barton for two players that may not resign could be problematic for the Nuggets rotation going forward.
New York Knicks
The Knicks have been a shock this season led by All-star Julius Randle. They currently sit at 4th in the east and after a trade for guard Derrick Rose they look better than ever. The Knicks should be building for the future and stocking up on winning players. The Knicks have an abundance of underperforming young players on their team that they can flip for a star in Oladipo. The bigger issue is a crowded guard rotation that already has trouble giving everyone fair minutes. The trade would likely be Alec Burks, Frank Nitlikina, Kevin Knox, and a Dallas first-round pick in 2023 for Victor Oladipo
Oladipo would likely resign in a big market like New York especially if the Knicks make a good playoff run. Oladipo will fit great alongside scorers like RJ Barret and Immanuel Quickley while the Rockets get young players who might still break out at any time in Kevin Knox and Frank Nitlikina. Alec Burks has been having a great season and can easily be traded for more assets. The Dallas first-round pick will net the Rockets even more assets that can be used for their rebuild.