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Houston Rockets rumors: Fire sale coming ahead of NBA trade deadline

Vincent Frank
NBA rumors: Houston Rockets rumors trade Victor Oladipo trade
Jan 28, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Rockets guard Victor Oladipo (7) dribbles the ball during the third quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

We’re now almost two weeks until the NBA trade deadline. As it approaches, Houston Rockets rumors continue to suggest that some major moves could be on the horizon.

Head coach Stephen Silas and Co. entered the NBA All-Star Break having lost 13 consecutive games. The team is stuck between complete irrelevance and a potential long-term rebuild after former general manager Daryl Morey almost literally sold his soul to the devil by trading for Russell Westbrook.

Despite Houston’s disastrous 11-23 record, there’s a number of veteran players who could be of interest to contending teams. It now looks like said contenders might get their pick of the litter.

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Houston Rockets fire sale coming ahead of NBA trade deadline

Houston Rockets rumors: Eric Gordon trade
Jan 30, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon (10) drives past New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) in the second quarter at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

“I keep hearing they’re going to fire-sale,” an NBA scout told Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer. “Houston’s gonna burn the house down,” an assistant general manager added.

This is the clearest indication yet that the Rockets are going into full-scale rebuild mode ahead of the NBA trade deadline. It makes sense. As noted above, Morey sold off a ton of future draft assets for Westbrook back in the summer of 2019.

That includes a top-four protected 2021 NBA Draft pick — a selection the Rockets have about a 50% chance of keeping depending on how the draft lottery plays out. Moving on from multiple veterans makes sense.

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Houston Rockets rumors: Will a Victor Oladipo trade happen?

Golden State Warriors rumors: Victor Oladipo trade
Feb 26, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Houston Rockets guard Victor Oladipo (7) point as he makes a three point basket against the Toronto Raptors during the first half at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

After being acquired in the James Harden blockbuster trade earlier this season, Oladipo turned down a max-level extension offer with Houston recently. The team will now likely move off the All-Star guard ahead of the NBA trade deadline.

Most recently, NBA rumors indicate that the Golden State Warriors are interested in Oladipo. However, it remains to be seen what they have to offer now that the Timberwolves’ top-three protected pick in 2021 (unprotected in 2022) is off the table in Oladipo trade talks. The same thing can be said about rookie No. 2 pick, center James Wiseman.

Among the other teams potentially interested in Oladipo, the Miami Heat make the most sense. They could offer a decent package, leading to rumors of a trade actually coming to fruition. An impending free agent, the 28-year-old Oladipo is averaging 19.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.9 assists with Houston this season.

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Houston Rockets rumors: Other players available ahead of NBA trade deadline

Houston Rockets rumors: P.J. Tucker trade
Jan 22, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker (17) celebrates during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Pretty much everyone outside of Christian Wood and stud rookie Jae’Sean Tate will likely be available. However, it’s highly unlikely that Houston will be able to move John Wall’s bloated contract after it acquired him in the Russell Westbrook trade with the Washington Wizards.

This means that Houston has other assets in P.J. Tucker, Eric Gordon, Danuel House and Ben McLemore to offer up contending teams.

Of that group, Tucker has drawn the most interest on the NBA trade block. He can play all three frontcourt positions. That type of flexibility is intriguing to contending teams.

We’re highly intrigued to see how all of this plays out in Houston. For now, it appears that new general manager Rafael Stone is going all in with a rebuild. Given the current iteration of these Rockets, that’s not a bad thing.

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