Victor Oladipo was the second-biggest name to change squads in the four-team deal that landed James Harden with the Brooklyn Nets.
Initially, many assumed that he’d ultimately remain with the Houston Rockets and be a central component of their rebuild.
Sadly, based on how Oladipo talked in the immediate aftermath, it quickly became apparent that would not be the case.
Oladipo subsequently turning down a two-year, max deal from the Rockets was just icing on the cake.
Once it became obvious that Oladipo wasn’t staying in Houston, trade chatter began to emerge. He was linked to three fairly serious suitors, but ultimately nothing came to fruition.
One of those suitors was the Golden State Warriors, who seemed deeply intrigued by the prospect of adding Oladipo – only to quickly back off shortly thereafter.
According to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer (via Anthony Slater of The Athletic) Oladipo was “among the players they’ve sniffed around.”
LaMelo decided to invite a special guest. https://t.co/nC2CuuD7yJ
— Game 7 (@game7__) March 17, 2021
However, the asking price quickly made Golden State lose interest.
“But the asking price, to this point, has been too steep to even realistically consider,” he wrote. “That can always change as the deadline ticks closer.”
At this point, all signs point to Oladipo not being a member of the Rockets come next year. Where he’ll ultimately end up remains to be seen, though.
A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.