Golden State Warriors: Pass or pursue on three NBA trade deadline targets

Feb 6, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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Houston Rockets: Victor Oladipo
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Should the Golden State Warriors pass on or pursue rumored trade target Victor Oladipo?

Perhaps the biggest name on the trade market right now is Victor Oladipo, and the Golden State Warriors could potentially insert themselves into the bidding for him.

In the latest edition of his NBA power rankings, The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor reported that the Warriors have an interest in trading for the guard before the March 25 deadline. It has been an open secret that the Houston Rockets are open to trading the two-time All-Star, but Golden State is certainly an interesting candidate.

Although they could undoubtedly use another household shooting guard to fill the void left from Klay Thompson’s season-ending injury, Oladipo might not be the best fit. Battling back from a ruptured quad tendon himself, Oladipo has struggled to remain consistent with Houston when he has been fortunate enough to stay on the court, averaging 20.1 points on an inefficient .384/.300/.776 slash line, 4.9 rebounds, and five assists per game.

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While Golden State might be willing to take the gamble based on reputation to give them another star player to help them fight for the playoffs, anything beyond this season with the guard is up in the air. It is an open secret that Oladipo potentially has Miami on his mind as an ideal destination as he enters free agency this offseason, and him being a rental for the remainder of this season is a legitimate possibility.

Likely seeking a contract worth upwards of $100 million this offseason, the Warriors should avoid this one. Oladipo is a fine player, but the uncertainty surrounding his health and impending free agency makes him a risky target.

The Verdict: Pass

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