The biggest name the Houston Rockets got for James Harden was Victor Oladipo. Does bringing Oladipo to Houston make sense? Let’s take a look.
The NBA world blew up Wednesday afternoon with one of the biggest blockbuster trades in league history, in a four-team trade that sent eight-time All-Star and former league MVP James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets and brought Victor Oladipo, Dante Exum, Rodions Kurucs and four unprotected future first-round picks along with four pick swaps to the Houston Rockets.
This trade came hours after James Harden bashed the Rockets after their second consecutive loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, saying that the Rockets are simply “not good enough” and that the situation in Houston is unfixable.
While Harden is a once-in-a-generation type player, he was a cancer to the Rockets ever since the 2020 offseason as he went out of his way daily to express that he did not want to be in Houston. This demoralized the entire Rockets organization because having your franchise player not buy in or really seem to show any care for the team holds the rest of the team back in a major way.
So it was definitely time for the Rockets to move on from Harden but one of the big questions that arose from this blockbuster trade is the move of flipping Caris LeVert for Victor Oladipo.
This move was a big head-scratcher to many considering LeVert is younger and has more upside than Oladipo. But the more you look at this move to flip LeVert for Oladipo, the more it makes sense for Houston.