Report: Rockets trading Victor Oladipo to Heat
Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:
Rockets acquire Avery Bradley, Kelly Olynyk and a 2022 pick swap from Miami for Victor Oladipo, per source.— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) March 25, 2021
Tim MacMahon of ESPN:
Reminder: The Rockets could have had Caris LeVert rather than Oladipo. But Houston opted to reroute LeVert to the Pacers for Oladipo in the James Harden trade.
LeVert just dropped 28 points last night. Oladipo returned… this.
Kelly Olynyk and Avery Bradley do nothing for the cellar-dwelling Rockets.
That leaves the pick swap, which will probably help the Rockets. Though the swap offers upside, the Nets (whose first-rounder Houston got in the Harden deal) aren’t projected to be that much better than Miami next season.
Oladipo’s value had just cratered as he struggled since returning from injury. The Heat shouldn’t expect much.
Oladipo is seeking a big contract in unrestricted free agency this summer. If he rediscovers his form, the Heat will probably re-sign him to a lucrative deal. But Oladipo’s long-term future in Miami is far from assured.
For now, he joins Jimmy Butler, Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson, Goran Dragic and Kendrick Nunn in a deep guard rotation.
Miami loses a starter in Olynyk, but Kings forward Nemanja Bjelica will replace him as a shooting big.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:
Sacramento is finalizing a deal to send Nemanja Bjelica to the Miami. Heat, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 25, 2021
Maurice Harkless’ and Chris Silva’s combined salaries are lower than Bjelica’s, which probably explains the deal from Sacramento’s side. The 24-year-old Silva also offers some upside. Bjelica was eager to move on, and the Kings were willing to accommodate.
Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports: