Victor Oladipo #7 of the Houston Rockets
Victor Oladipo #7 of the Houston Rockets Getty Images | Carmen Mandato

KEY POINTS

  • ESPN's Brian Windhorst says that Houston could be looking to move Victor Oladipo
  • Oladipo has averaged 21 points and just under five rebounds and five assists in Houston
  • New York and Detroit are reportedly interested in bringing in the two-time All-Star

With the NBA trade deadline fast approaching, a team that might need to make major moves to turn things around are the struggling Houston Rockets.

In January, the Rockets traded away former franchise star James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets and got back two-time NBA All-Star Victor Oladipo from the Indiana Pacers in the three-team deal.

The Rockets appeared to be getting their groove following the trade but has since lost a franchise-record of 20-straight games, the most recent being a close 114-112 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday.

It hasn’t helped the Rockets case that newly-acquired star big man Christian Wood was out for a significant amount of time during that stretch, and newly-acquired star guard John Wall had also been quite inconsistent.

Oladipo, for his part, has been excellent since coming over to Houston, averaging 21 points and just a shade under five rebounds and five assists per game.

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

Still, it seems like the Wall-Oladipo-Wood trio isn’t proving to be enough.

According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, Oladipo could be on the move for the second time this season.

“The price on him is not really that high right now, and as a result, there’s a handful of teams that have made the Rockets offers,” Oladipo said on SportsCenter. “They’re hoping to get a first-round pick in return. The teams to keep an eye out for Oladipo here, New York Knicks are gonna be involved here, and sort of a surprise team, the Detroit Pistons, are lurking around to try to keep Oladipo long-term.”

For the Knicks, Oladipo could add a much-needed boost of scoring to pair alongside first-time All-Star Julius Randle and sophomore RJ Barrett.

Randle, Barrett and the Knicks are currently in the running for a spot in the postseason, sitting at seventh place in the Eastern Conference with a 21-22 record.

For the Pistons, Oladipo provides a potential franchise star to pair with Jerami Grant, who has been the main man for the Motor City. The club is currently sitting at 15th in the East with a 12-29 record.

Oladipo might not be the only Rocket on his way out of Houston. According to Windhorst, the Rockets could also be exploring a move involving former Three-Point Shootout champion and Sixth Man of the Year Eric Gordon.

Just last week, the Rockets dealt veteran forward PJ Tucker to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for DJ Augustin and DJ Wilson.

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