The major title for the NBA on Wednesday was James Harden joining Kevin Durant and Kerry Irving over the Brooklyn Nets. However, this was not the only notable step.
Part of the mega-deal involved sending Indiana Pacers Victor Oladipo to the Houston Rockets for Carris Leverett, who was originally sent by Brooklyn to Houston. Oladipo, a two-time All-Star superstar, is set to become a free agent after the season.
As Oladipo heads west, NBC Sports Boston’s Brian Scalabrine thinks he’s a player whose eye the Boston Celtics should set as a potential commercial target later in the season (video above).
“One of the people I was going to watch was Victor Oladipo, who was just shipped to Houston,” Scalabrine said Wednesday. “I think Houston wants to suck this year. I think they want to have a pick from the top three, and it’s protected, and their pick will go to Oklahoma City if it’s out of that. Victor Oladipo might be a guy who the Celtics can go in and move on. They can.” Use their trade exception, share some talented young people and go there and I think, because on an expired contract, that fits into that $ 20 million template which is what the Celtics team can spend right now without giving away a ton.
“I think if they can achieve something with this commercial exception, we can go into a chain with Nets saying,“ I like us on paper better than them. ”At the moment, as established, no. But it depends on what they do with this exception. Commercial. I can see how the Celtics can be in a position to love our chances. “
Now that can be interesting.
Oladipo played 55 joint matches between the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons due to a knee injury. The 28-year-old looked 100 percent so far this season with an average of 20.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists in nine games.