Houston Rockets

5 big-money players who could be available after getting eliminated from the playoffs


The teams that have already been eliminated from the playoffs must now evaluate their rosters, and, like it or not, the Knicks will surely be linked to a number of the major names that might become available, including Chris Paul , Russell Westbrook and Victor Oladipo .


Sure, he’s an all-time great who led the Oklahoma City Thunder to an almost-upset of the Houston Rockets in this year’s playoffs, and he used to be represented by new Knicks president Leon Rose.


Verdict : Unless the Knicks can convince the Thunder to a trade that doesn’t include multiple draft picks and every promising young prospect on the roster, New York should pass.


Oladipo returned this year from a ruptured quad tendon in his right knee suffered last season, and his stats suggest a player still trying to get his groove back.


He’s a solid wing who should not be entrusted with too much of the offensive load, and while his numbers this year look pretty tantalizing — almost 20 points a game on 47% from the field and 37% from three, plus 7 rebounds and 3 assists — he doesn’t feel like an impact player.


Verdict : He’s not worth his current contract, and the Knicks should not even really consider trading for him unless it’s in a deal that also brings back Simmons or Embiid , or a boat load of draft picks.






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