Rockets’ Victor Oladipo commercial candidate after refusing two-year $ 45.2 million extension

Rockets' Victor Oladipo commercial candidate after refusing two-year $ 45.2 million extension

When the Houston Rockets brought in Victor Oladipo following James Harden’s three-team trade, the question was whether Oladipo would stay in Houston for the long term. We still don’t know the answer. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Monday that Oladipo turned down Houston’s two-year, $ 45.2 million extension offer, while making sure he entered this summer as unrestricted free. . agent.

Both years, $ 45.2 million was the most the Rockets could offer going into the summer. Once free agency begins, Houston would be eligible to offer Oladipo up to $ 151 million over four years or $ 195 million over five, per Wojnarowski, while another team would be eligible to offer up to four. years, $ 145 million.

Considering the Rockets traded Caris LeVert, a good team-controlled player until 2023, for Oladipo, you’d think they wouldn’t want to lose him for nothing this summer. But that may not be true. Maybe they would prefer that the money just be taken off the books. The Rockets could reach around $ 20 million in cap space this summer if they give up Oladipo, Dante Exum and PJ Tucker, the latter of whom they could trade before the March 25 deadline for an expiring contract.

If the Rockets decide they want more beyond the limit of space for Oladipo, they could trade him in the next few weeks and try to get a pick and / or a good young player along with his expiring salary. They could hang on to him and …

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