The Houston Rockets are having themselves a day! After reportedly trading All-Star guard James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets in a three-way trade involving the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Rockets weren’t done. After acquiring Caris LeVert from Brooklyn in the Harden deal, the Rockets then flipped LeVert in a deal with the Indiana Pacers for All-Star guard Victor Oladipo, according to multiple reports.
The Indiana Pacers are moving Victor Oladipo to the Rockets for package around Caris LeVert, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 13, 2021
The Pacers had held Oladipo out of Tuesday’s game against the Golden State Warriors for injury management. Now, it’s a little more clear why Dipo was held out if a potential trade was going to develop. With Oladipo dealing with injuries and not nearly the same player, the Pacers struck a deal to add more talent with LeVert, who was coming off the bench for the Nets.
Indiana has also been without TJ Warren. LeVert should slide in and take his place as instant offense. We’ve seen what LeVert can do when he’s the focus in an offense. The Pacers have Malcolm Brogdon and Domantas Sabonis, but neither player is considered score-first. This is also a great move for the Pacers long-term. LeVert is on a very team-friendly contract signed through 2022-23. He’s from the area nearby in Ohio and played college hoops at Michigan.