Victor Oladipo reveals truth behind snubbing Rockets’ max contract offer
Victor Oladipo is playing checkers while everyone else, including the Houston Rockets, is playing chess. The 28-year-old made headlines recently after he turned down a contract extension offered by the Houston front office.
Oladipo, who arrived in Houston by way of the James Harden deal, is on the final year of his four-year contract.
According to the two-time All-Star, he did appreciate the offer but and took it as a gesture about the team’s desire to keep him in Houston. However, he pointed out that the team knew he wouldn’t accept.
Victor Oladipo described the Rockets extension offer as a gesture made some time ago that they knew he would not accept, though he appreciated it. "They wanted to show me they wanted me."
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) March 2, 2021
Whether Victor Oladipo’s assumption is accurate or not is beside the point since he ended up saying no to a $45.2 million, two-year deal. Word from his camp is that he wants a longer contract, and a deal until the 2022-23 season was simply not enough for Oladipo.
Following his logic, the Rockets’ offer was a sign of good faith which now poses questions on his reluctance to accept his team’s gesture. After just 13 games in Houston, does he want out?
With Dipo’s initial opt out, the Rockets front office is heading to another potentially crazy trade deadline this month. After letting go of two former MVPs so far this season in James Harden and Russell Westbrook, they now have the option to possibly move Oladipo for possibly some younger talent (or future picks) to build around John Wall and Christian Wood.
By the way, the Rockets also waived DeMarcus Cousins last week just to further narrate how complicated things are in H-Town.