NBA Trade Rumors: Potential Trade Package Which Could Send Victor Oladipo to Miami Heat

Published 01/17/2021, 5:00 AM EST
Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (4) shoots the ball over New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) in the first quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports


As the James Harden blockbuster trade was announced, there was one team who stood by as a spectator and watched a four-team deal go down. The Miami Heat watched players they could have landed move to other teams, including Victor Oladipo.

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While speculations about how the Kevin Durant and Harden duo will turn out are at their peak, there is one more question in everybody’s mind. Is Miami Heat still in the game to acquire Victor Oladipo?

The veteran star lands up in Houston Rockets

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After a lot of chaos, James Harden finally got what he wanted. The four-team deal that helped the Brooklyn Nets get Harden included Houston Rockets getting Victor Oladipo, Rodions Kurucs from Brooklyn, and Dante Exum from Cleveland Cavaliers. This also includes many first-round picks and first-round pick swaps.

The Pacers got rid of the burden of a free agent about to expire. In fact, they ended up with Caris LeVert and a 2023 second-round pick for Oladipo from the Rockets.

Therefore, former All-Star Oladipo has a new place to call home in the NBA, but unfortunately, it’s not the place he imagined himself to be in. So, who is the next best potential suitor for him? And what could be the trade package?

Dec 26, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) drives to the basket against Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (4) during the first half of an NBA game at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

How can Victor Oladipo go to the Miami Heat?

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As per Kevin O’Conner of ‘The Ringer’, “Houston could also still flip Oladipo, who wanted out of Indiana but landed in another place he doesn’t want to be. League sources say Oladipo still hopes to find himself in Miami.”

There are two possible trade packages for Heat to land Oladipo. Either the Heat brings him in in exchange for Duncan Robinson, Kendrick Nunn, and a first-round pick. Or it could be Tyler Herro, Nunn, and a first-round pick.

Oladipo and Miami have been linked to one another for a while now. The reason there has been some hesitation from teams to add Oladipo is his history with injuries. The star just isn’t the same since his ruptured quadriceps tendon injury. But the superstar has a presence that can make a huge difference. Will the Miami Heat chalk out some deal for him?

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Oct 4, 2020; Orlando, Florida, USA; Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro (14) dribbles against the Los Angeles Lakers during the fourth quarter of game three of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena. The Miami Heat won 115-104. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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