The NBA trade deadline is over and the Houston Rockets made a deal. According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Rockets have traded Victor Oladipo to the Miami Heat in exchange for Avery Bradley, Kelly Olynyk and the right to a 2022 draft swap.
Sources: Houston traded Victor Oladipo to Miami for Avery Bradley, Kelly Olynyk and a draft swap.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 25, 2021
The deal came an hour after Stephen Silas announced that Oladipo was at practice on Thursday and was expected to be with the Rockets for their back-to-back contest against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday.
Prior to joining the Rockets in the deal that sent James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets, Oladipo and the Heat had their eyes set on each other for at least a year. Oladipo is set to be a free agent this offseason and will likely keep his services in South Beach.
With the Rockets currently sitting 12-31 on the year, it was clear general manager Rafael Stone wanted to get something back for Oladipo now — other than losing him this summer for nothing.
Whether it was injuries or just the lack of chemistry, Oladipo never seemed to fit in Houston. His time with the Rockets only lasted for 20 games, as the two-time All-Star averaged 21.2 points while shooting 40.7 percent from the field, 32 percent from behind the arc.
Avery Bradley, one of the NBA’s best perimeter defenders, is joining the Rockets after averaging 8.5 points in 30 games this season with the Heat. Kelly Olynyk has averaged 10 points and 6.1 rebounds in 43 games in Miami.
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