Sixers Insider Proposes Pursuit of 2-Time All-Star Guard

Victor Oladipo, Rockets


Victor Oladipo, Rockets

OK, so if this Kyle Lowry stuff doesn’t work out, perhaps there’s an alternative choice for the Sixers on the NBA commerce market: Rockets guard Victor Oladipo. It was reported on Saturday that Oladipo, having been shipped to Houston as a part of the James Harden commerce in January, turned down a two-year, $45 million contract extension from the group, setting him up for his impending free company.

This might put the Rockets in a severe vendor’s mode in terms of Oladipo, fearing that they might wind up shedding him for nothing within the offseason. There was curiosity in him across the league, most notably from Miami, which has lengthy had its eye on Oladipo as a 2021 free agent, however might velocity that course of by buying him forward of the March 25 commerce deadline.

That may be a double-whammy for the Sixers. Not solely does Philly want one other top-tier participant in order that they’ll hold tempo with the revamped Nets, but when Oladipo goes to Miami, he would fortify the defending East champs, who’ve been surging up the Jap Convention standings currently, having received 10 of their final 13 video games to get again to .500, now fifth within the East.

Within the Philadelphia Inquirer,  Sixers beat author Keith Pompey speculated a few potential Oladipo-to-Philly deal, writing, “Oladipo’s presence alongside Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Tobias Harris might assist catapult the Sixers past the Jap Convention finals. Like Toronto’s Lowry, Oladipo’s contract expires on the conclusion of this season.”

Would the Sixers Give Up Maxey for Oladipo?

What would it not take to get Oladipo to the Sixers? It could be difficult as a result of the Rockets would certainly need younger property and Philadelphia must hand over a veteran piece to make the salaries match.

Which means Danny Inexperienced and his $15 million contract would certainly must be included, however the Sixers would virtually definitely have so as to add Tyrese Maxey to the deal, too. Maxey, chosen with the 21st decide on this 12 months’s draft, is simply 20 years outdated, has a 39-point outing to his credit score—again in early January when the Sixers had been wracked by COVID-19—and has obtained appreciable curiosity across the league.

Maxey has a brilliant future, however he isn’t taking part in a lot and would not going be part of the group’s rotation within the playoffs. The query for the Sixers, then, can be whether or not the improve from Inexperienced to Oladipo can be sufficient short-term profit to justify shedding Maxey. If the Rockets needed a draft decide added to the combo, that may show to be too steep a value for the Sixers.

Nonetheless, with Brooklyn having added Harden and now solely starting to hit their stride, even with Kevin Durant out (the Nets received eight straight earlier than shedding to Dallas on Saturday), there’s stress on the Sixers to take some motion.

A Sixers P.J. Tucker & Oladipo Bundle?

The Sixers additionally would have curiosity in Rockets ahead P.J. Tucker, and that’s the place a much bigger deal for each gamers may very well be attention-grabbing. If the Sixers needed a Tucker-Oladipo bundle, it will price Inexperienced and Maxey, plus Mike Scott, one other younger participant (Isaiah Joe, perhaps) and a few bundle of picks.

Tucker has struggled this season (4.5 factors, 4.7 rebounds) however stays a tough-minded defender who can stretch the ground from the facility ahead spot. He can be an enchancment over Scott, simply as Oladipo (who’s averaging factors, 5.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists) can be an enchancment on Inexperienced.

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