When the Houston Rockets acquired Victor Oladipo back in January as part of the blockbuster trade involving James Harden, the immediate speculation was how long Oladipo would be a Rocket for.
Oladipo’s future status with the team has become more in question as, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Oladipo has declined a two-year max extension from the Rockets. The two-year $45 million was reportedly the most the Rockets could offer until the summer.
It could be that Oladipo is looking for a longer-term deal, which the Rockets are reportedly able to offer in the offseason:
After the season concludes, but before the start of free agency, Houston would be able to offer him as much as a four-year, $113 million extension; once free agency begins, Houston can offer up to four years for $151 million or five years for $195 million (per ESPN).
The Rockets could potentially be in a rebuilding mode after the Westbrook and Harden era. If the team fears that they won’t be able to resign Oladipo, then it’s likely we could see the two-time All-Star on the move at the end of this month’s trading deadline.
There are also reports that the Rockets have yet to engage in trade talks surrounding Oladipo, but contending teams including the Heat and the Knicks are among the teams that are reportedly interested.
The 28 year-old is currently averaging 19.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game in his 13 game tenure with the Rockets.