Why Warriors trading for Oladipo before deadline is unlikely

Victor Oladipo Rockets shot

If you want the Warriors to acquire Victor Oladipo before the March 25 NBA trade deadline, you should not hold your breath.

Golden State is rumored to be interested in the combo guard, but it would be shocking to see the front office trade away anything valuable for somebody who almost assuredly would be a rental for the remainder of the season.

Oladipo is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and most likely will secure a four-year contract worth more than $100 million.

Do you really see the Warriors adding that sort of financial commitment to their books?

And on that note, Oladipo's $21 million salary would increase this year's luxury tax bill, which understandably seems like something that won't be happening.

Furthermore, the Warriors presumably would need to include Kelly Oubre in any Oladipo deal. And it's safe to assume the franchise either wants to seriously explore keeping him around for the long-term, or make sure it acquires a player (and/or a future draft asset) under contract beyond this season.

"I don't think we want to think too short-term and give up something in the future just to make a little bit of a push now," president of basketball operations Bob Myers said last week on the "Dubs Talk" podcast. "I think we would hope that anything that we would decide to do had legs beyond this year or had advantages beyond the rest of this season.


"But that's a hard thing to do."

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Oladipo -- who was traded by the Indiana Pacers to the Houston Rockets in mid-January -- is averaging 19.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.4 steals over 15 games in a Rockets uniform, while shooting 38.7 percent from the field and 31.3 percent from deep.

The Warriors play the Rockets in Houston next Wednesday.

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