After weeks of speculation and rumors, the NBA trade deadline finally passed, and though many players stayed put, the Miami Heat acquired the hotly discussed Victor Oladipo, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Houston will also receive 2022 first-round swap rights from Miami.
Houston is trading Victor Oladipo to Miami, source tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 25, 2021
The Heat were willing to part ways with the eight-year veteran Olynyk who is averaging 10 points and 6.1 rebounds and Bradley who is averaging 8.5 points but has seen limited play due to a calf injury and COVID-19.
With Oladipo in place, the Heat are now front-runners to sign the Spurs LaMarcus Aldridge, who completed a buyout with San Antonio Thursday.
Five years of unforgettable memories….Thank you, San Antonio! pic.twitter.com/tRscfpnZax
— LaMarcus Aldridge (@aldridge_12) March 25, 2021
Aldridge is averaging 13.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.7 assists and has been on the many teams’ radar, including the Lakers and Trail Blazers.
The 28-year-old Oladipo has been hampered by injuries the last few years, losing most of the 2019-20 season to a ruptured quad tendon.
But Oladipo is in the final season of a four-year $85 million contract and will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, so if things don’t work out, Riley will have plenty of cash to shop for new talent.
Deadline day turned out to be much quieter than many expected as Lowry, the Pelicans’ Lonzo Ball, and Andre Drummond all ended the day still wearing the same uniform.