The Miami Heat agreed to acquire star base Victor Oladipo from the Houston Rockets just before Thursday’s trade deadline, a source told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Although sources told ESPN earlier this week that there was widespread confidence that Houston would trade Oladipo, the teams reached the 3 p.m. ET deadline before agreeing to the trade.
In exchange, the Rockets will get first-round trade rights to Avery Bradley, Kelly Olynyk and 2022, sources told ESPN’s Tim MacMahon. Those trade rights include the Brooklyn pick, a source told ESPN.
With Oladipo in Miami, the Heat are also expected to emerge as a favorite to sign LaMarcus Aldridge once the veteran big man completes a purchase with the San Antonio Spurs, sources told Wojnarowski.
Aldridge plans to speak with multiple teams before making a decision, according to Wojnarowski.
Oladipo, 28, is in the final season of a four-year, $ 85 million contract and may become a free agent this summer. He suffered a quadriceps tear in January 2019, but has shown glimpses of his old self in performances with Indiana and Houston this season. Oladipo has averaged 21.2 points in 20 games with the Rockets, although his efficiency has been suboptimal.
He came to Houston as part of a four-team trade that delivered NBA point guard James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets. The Rockets offered Oladipo a two-year, $ 45 million deal, the maximum offer they were available to make during the season under the collective bargaining agreement, but Oladipo turned it down, sources said.
Oladipo has averaged 20.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.7 assists for the Rockets this season. In his nine-year career, including stops with the Orlando Magic, Oklahoma City Thunder and the Pacers, he has averaged 17.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.0 assists.
The two-time All-Star selection has also demonstrated the ability to be a top-tier defender, being named to the Defensive First Team in 2018, when he led the NBA in steals and was also named the league’s Most Improved Player.
The Rockets, who lost to Charlotte on Wednesday after ending a 20-game losing streak Monday night, are in a mode of rallying young players and picking assets as they move toward rebuilding.