United States-based basketball sensation, Victor Oladipo has snubbed a contract extension offer worth $45.2m from Houston Rockets, as he prefers an option to join Miami Heat instead, sportsdayonline.com reports.
Oladipo could now be on his way towards linking forces with fellow-Nigerian-born rave, Bam Adebayo and veteran player, Andre Iguodala in Miami, with great expectations of better fortunes in USA’s National Basketball Association (NBA) league.
This comes at a point The Rockets continue to struggle this season, currently riding a 10-game losing streak and, ahead of the March 25th trade deadline approaching, Oladipo could making an early exit from Hakeem ‘The Dream’ Olajuwon’s former team.
This is in spite of frenetic news that marked the arrival of Oladipo in Houston, as he was acquired by The Rockets from Indiana Pacers for Caris LeVert in part of the four-team trade on January 13th in a deal that also sent James Harden to Brooklyn Nets.
In 13 games with Houston this season, Oladipo is averaging 18.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game, but ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that The Rockets guard has turned down an offer for a two-year contract extension worth $45.2m.
Wojnarowski adds in the report: “Oladipo turning down an extension from the Rockets comes to no surprise after the continuous reports that he has a preference of joining the Miami Heat come free agency this offseason as he is set to become an unrestricted free agent.
“Kevin O’Conner of The Ringer reports that Oladipo ‘still hopes to find himself in Miami,’ whether that be via trade before the deadline or this offseason during free agency.”