Victor Oladipo appears to want no part of the Houston Rockets after this NBA season is over. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Sunday that the Rockets offered Oladipo a two-year, $45.2 million maximum contract offer. That is the most Houston could offer Oladipo before free agency.
Oladipo turned down the offer reportedly because he is seeking a long-term deal in free agency.
Oladipo was the centerpiece of the return the Rockets received in the massive James Harden trade. They sent Caris LeVert to Indiana to get Oladipo in the 4-team trade. By offering a contract extension, the Rockets definitely was letting Oladipo know they had him in their short-term plans.
If Oladipo ends up leaving Houston in free agency, then the Rockets’ return for Harden will be based on how they do with their draft picks from the Brooklyn Nets.
Oladipo knows he could probably get a lot of money once he hit the open market and the Rockets aren’t in a position to compete for a championship right now either.