Victor Oladipo is expected to be one of the names making a change of team ahead of the trade deadline and several teams are interested in him right now. The former Indiana Pacers star was traded to the Houston Rockets in the 4-team blockbuster trade that sent James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets but that wouldn't be the end of the journey for him.
The deadline gets closer every day and we get to know more about what could happen in a couple of weeks from now. The Golden State Warriors are still trying to get better to have an easier path to the playoffs and the shooting guard appears to be a very good option for them at this moment. According to Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer, the Dubs are interested in landing the 2018 Most Improved Player.
League sources say the Warriors have interest in acquiring Rockets guard Victor Oladipo. The former Pacer has been up and down in his second season following a major knee injury, averaging 20 points on only 39.9 percent from the field. Golden State would not have the cap space to pursue him this summer, so the time to pounce would be now. Houston can’t demand too much in a deal given Oladipo has underwhelmed and will become an unrestricted free agent. Plus, Golden State wouldn’t have a whole lot to offer. Because of picks owed elsewhere, the Warriors are able to deal up to just two first-round picks: one from 2021 (via Minnesota) or 2022, and one from 2026 or 2027.
Golden State’s interest in Oladipo signals the front office’s intentions to find another ball handler. Curry and Draymond remain excellent offensive engines, but the Warriors are missing the next Andre Iguodala or Shaun Livingston.
With Klay Thompson sidelined this season and Kelly Oubre unable to meet the expectations around him, the Warriors have started looking for alternatives and Oladipo seems to be a good option for them.
He's averaging 19.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 4.7 assists through 15 games played this season with the Pacers and Rockets. He's not the same guy who played in two consecutive All-Star Games but can be a great addition to any team in the league and the Warriors are well aware of that. As the days go by, we learn more about what could happen with the NBA in the future and this situation could be very beneficial for Victor and the Warriors.