KEY POINTS

  • Victor Oladipo will miss more games due to injury
  • Oladipo could be dealt by the NBA trade deadline
  • Oladipo is still linked to the Miami Heat, and his suitors may grow

The Houston Rockets are clearly retooling, and part of that is dangling their veteran players.

Most have probably heard the team’s plans for DeMarcus Cousins and PJ Tucker. A third one that could be announced soon is Victor Oladipo.

The two-time All-Star guard will continue to miss games for the Houston Rockets, now dealing with a foot injury.

According to an update from Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, the 28-year-old player suffered the injury when he stepped on Rodion Kuruc’s foot during team practice.

What remains unclear is whether the injury Oladipo sustained is a new one or the old foot strain he has been dealing with the past weeks.

Until that is clarified, the only thing certain is that the second overall pick of the 2013 NBA Draft will continue to miss games for now.

His injury history is well-documented ever since he was still with the Indiana Pacers. With the Rockets, he has missed eight games so far.

But when he is healthy, the 6-foot-4 combo guard provides the Rockets a big boost. Since being acquired as part of that James Harden trade, Oladipo has averaged 18.4 points, 4.9 assists, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.1 steals.

Aside from the Chicago Bulls game, he is likely to miss Houston’s next assignments against the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors.

Looking ahead, it remains to be seen what the Rockets plan to do with Oladipo. In January, word got out that the native of Maryland prefers to be traded elsewhere after the Harden deal.

To date, there has been little noise generated on a potential deal involving Oladipo. But all that could change with the NBA trade deadline on Mar. 25 fast approaching.

The Miami Heat have been linked to Oladipo although his spate of injuries could raise a big question mark if a deal were to be made today.

However, some other teams could enter the fray and try to explore a deal for the All-Star guard.

Victor Oladipo #7 of the Houston Rockets Victor Oladipo #7 of the Houston Rockets Photo: Getty Images | Jonathan Bachman

For now, Oladipo is more concerned about getting healthy and playing ball. Like his case with the Pacers before the NBA trade involving Harden, his focus is on performing and helping his current team win.

“I’m just focused,” he said, “on getting better, getting out there and helping this team win.”