Golden State Warriors Looking to Get Victor Oladipo? Pros and Cons of the Potential Blockbuster Trade

Published 03/08/2021, 3:10 PM EST
NEW YORK, USA – JANUARY 11: Victor Oladipo (4) of Indiana Pacers in action during the NBA match between Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden in New York, United States on January 11, 2019. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

According to multiple reports, the Golden State Warriors have a keen interest to acquire Victor Oladipo. As their Playoff hopes are in tatters, they look to strengthen their roster ahead of the trade deadline.


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The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor originally reported this. Admittedly, this news comes as a surprise because Oladipo was previously linked with other teams. But should the Warriors pull the trigger on him? Or will they be dodging a bullet if they don’t sign him?

Feb 6, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) and forward Draymond Green (23) during the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Golden State Warriors at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Pros & Cons of Golden State Warriors trading for Victor Oladipo


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A quick fix to Warriors’ problems this season

Heading into the 2021 NBA All-Star break, the Warriors relinquished their eighth spot to Dallas Mavericks. The Playoff battle is tight in the West and their chances to win it look bleak.

With Oladipo, they could instantly turn it around. Much like Klay Thompson, he is a two-way player. Although his shooting form is a concern, he remains a hustler on defense.

A secondary ball-handler

Steph Curry remains the primary ball-handler of this team. But outside of him and Draymond Green, there are not many savvy ballplayers in their team. He is definitely an upgrade on Kelly Oubre Jr. in that department.

Jan 22, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Houston Rockets guard Victor Oladipo (7) dribbles past Detroit Pistons center Mason Plumlee (right) during the first quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Future trade asset

Assuming that Klay Thompson makes a full recovery from his injury, Oladipo could no longer be a part of the starting lineup. Both play the shooting guard position, with none capable of being accommodated in the frontcourt.

In all honesty, he is only a short-term fix from a playing perspective. And as a trade asset, they will first need to offer him a new contract since he enters free agency at the end of this season, which brings us to the cons.


Financially not feasible for Golden State Warriors

Oladipo recently rejected a two-year $45 Million from the Rockets‘ front office. This means he is unlikely to settle for an amount, less than that. The problem for Warriors is that they already have players under large contracts.

So, if they can’t agree on a contract with him, they can’t afford to give up trade assets and see him leave for nothing.


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Poor shooting form

Oladipo hasn’t been quite able to recapture the form that made him a two-time All-Star in Indiana. Ever since his knee injury, he hasn’t been the same. This season, he’s been shooting at a poor 39.9% field-goal efficiency and 33.1% three-point efficiency.

So, we hope that these points were able to present you with a better picture of this possible trade. Does it make sense to you? Or should the Warriors just look past it? Let us know in the comments below.


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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.