Victor Oladipo will make Rockets debut Monday vs. Bulls
The Houston Rockets got Victor Oladipo in the James Harden trade, and now we know when the Rockets’ new star will take the court for his debut.
Stephen Silas stated during a Sunday press conference that Oladipo will be ready for action against the Chicago Bulls come Monday, per Rockets reporter Cayleigh Griffin. Silas and the Rockets are really “looking forward” to Oladipo suiting up.
Oladipo went from the Indiana Pacers to the Rockets in the four-team Harden trade, with Harden going to the Brooklyn Nets and Caris LeVert going to Indiana. There was wide speculation that the Pacers would move on from Oladipo at some point, and they pulled the trigger on this trade despite a scary health issue with LeVert.
Victor Oladipo returned to action last season following a ruptured quadriceps tendon that kept him out for just over a year. With an expiring contract on the table, the Pacers deemed it necessary to get something back in return for Oladipo rather than letting him walk for nothing in the offseason.
The 6-foot-4 guard joins John Wall in an intriguing backcourt. While Wall is out with an injury right now, these two should make for a dynamic duo once they’re both healthy.
The Rockets themselves haven’t had the best start to the season, primarily due to the drama that surrounded Harden and his presence in the locker room. After delivering his harsh take on his teammates, Houston moved quickly to assist Harden in his desire to be traded.
Houston is coming off a 103-91 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday, which dropped them to 4-7 on the young season. The Bulls entered Sunday with a 4-8 record, and they’ll be on the second of a back-to-back against Victor Oladipo and the Rockets after facing the Dallas Mavericks.