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Victor Oladipo again linked to Heat in free agency

Victor Oladipo, Heat

The Miami Heat were linked to Victor Oladipo earlier this season as a team that could pursue him via trade or in free agency after the 2020-2021 season. After the rumors died down of the Heat targeting him, the whispers of Miami pursuing Oladipo in free agency have picked back up, per Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Earlier this season, Oladipo was involved in a four-team trade that sent him to the Houston Rockets. While Oladipo has been inconsistent since joining the Rockets, some believe that Houston could choose to make him available ahead of the NBA trade deadline in March. Enter the Heat.

The Heat are aware that Oladipo, who turns 29 years old in May, is in the final year of his current contract and becomes a free agent once this season concludes. Given that, if the Rockets don’t believe he’s a good long-term fit for them, they would be best trading him to get something in return.

On the other hand, the Heat seem to be keeping close tabs on Oladipo’s situation. If Oladipo ends up testing free agency in the upcoming offseason, Miami is expected to be among the teams who express interest in the former No. 2 overall pick of the 2013 NBA Draft.

In all likeliness, the Heat view Oladipo as a hard-working player that hasn’t been able to find his perfect role in the NBA yet. However, the thought of pairing him with Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo is likely an intriguing one as Miami wants to remain a contender in the Eastern Conference.

Barring any unforeseen changes, the Heat seem poised to be a team who targets Oladipo should he hit the open market.