Victor Oladipo affirms commitment with Rockets amid trade rumors
The two-time All-Star made his debut for the Rockets on Monday and ESPN’s Tim MacMahon reported that Oladipo affirmed his commitment to Clutch City.
Victor Oladipo: "I know that better days are ahead for the Houston Rockets, and I’m looking forward to being a part of those special days."
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) January 19, 2021
Oladipo made a stellar first impression with the Rockets, dropping 32 points, five rebounds, nine assists, and two steals in a losing effort against the Chicago Bulls, 125-120. There is no doubt though that he is still adjusting to new teammates, a new system, and a new coach. His feeling-out phase is probably what led to his seven turnovers.
Rumors about Oladipos’ potential immediate departure from the Rockets arose as reports said he wanted to play for the Miami Heat. The Heat were surprise finalists coming out of the Eastern Conference last season. Having a player of Oladipo’s caliber will surely help them get over the hump and win it all. But judging by his latest comment, it looks like the 28-year-old former Indiana University standout is staying put in H-Town.
Victor Oladipo has battled through injuries, which kept him out of many games the past two seasons. When fully healthy, he is a dynamic, two-way guard who can make a big impact on games. If he can bring back his 2017-2018 season form, when he averaged 23.1 points, 5.2 boards, 4.3 assists, and a league-leading 2.4 steals en route to winning the Most Improved Player plum, then the Rockets won’t miss Harden that much.