The Golden State Warriors are 19-18 on the year and very much in the Western Conference playoff race.
After Klay Thompson got hurt again in the offseason, the Warriors rushed out and haphazardly acquired Kelly Oubre Jr. That proved to be an $82 million mistake, as his production hasn’t come close to replacing Thompson’s.
As a result of Oubre’s general ineffectiveness, if Golden State wants to continue making noise in the West, additional moves need to be made.
On potential trade partner who might be open to facilitating a deal? The Houston Rockets.
According to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer, the Warriors are interested in possibly acquiring Victor Oladipo.
“League sources say the Warriors have interest in acquiring Rockets guard Victor Oladipo,” he wrote. “The former Pacer has been up and down in his second season following a major knee injury, averaging 20 points on only 39.9 percent from the field. Golden State would not have the cap space to pursue him this summer, so the time to pounce would be now.
“Houston can’t demand too much in a deal given Oladipo has underwhelmed and will become an unrestricted free agent. Plus, Golden State wouldn’t have a whole lot to offer. Because of picks owed elsewhere, the Warriors are able to deal up to just two first-round picks: one from 2021 (via Minnesota) or 2022, and one from 2026 or 2027.”
Oladipo has been asked on several occasions how he feels about being traded to the Rockets. His answers speak for themselves. He also recently turned down a contract extension from the team for a very interesting reason.
With that in mind, Oladipo changing squads at some point in the foreseeable future seems inevitable.
Will it be to the Warriors, though? Time will tell.
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