HoopsHype Victor Oladipo rumors

June 28, 2013 Updates
June 27, 2013 Updates

Tom Lorenzo: Victor Oladipo has his Google Glasses on. So, there's that. pic.twitter.com/sxAsqmlWFa Twitter

Although Oladipo has no control over which team chooses him, the Upper Marlboro native made it clear to the Wizards that he had no desire to begin his career with a team that already has its back court set with point guard John Wall and Bradley Beal. Oladipo declined the Wizards’ requests for a workout at Verizon Center but offered them a chance to watch him run through drills in Bowie. The Wizards didn’t bother to visit as Minnesota and New Orleans had done. Washington Post

Having already proven his selflessness in high school, the 6-foot-5 Oladipo is seeking the best chance to flourish as professional and didn’t believe that the opportunity would come in Washington. And those close to Oladipo never felt that the Wizards would seriously consider taking him third overall when they had other needs. “I felt like I should go where I fit best and help me maximize my basketball talent. Just go somewhere where I feel I can fit best and help impact winning,” Oladipo said, explaining his decision to bypass a workout for Washington. “I feel like [the Wizards] already have a back court set. They have a great program already. I just feel like I wouldn’t fit. Me and my agent [Raymond Brothers] sat down and we felt it was best not to go there. But again, they have a great program. They have great players — Brad and John. And they are going to have a great player to pick from this draft. They are going to have a great program and they are definitely going to start winning, because they have a young great team.” Washington Post

June 26, 2013 Updates
June 25, 2013 Updates

The Timberwolves concluded predraft workouts on Monday, bringing North Texas forward Tony Mitchell to Target Center for a morning session and some lunch. With the clock ticking toward Thursday’s NBA draft, Wolves new President of Basketball Operations Flip Saunders sounded like a guy ready to keep the night’s ninth pick — perhaps to select Georgia shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope — rather than give what few assets he has to trade in an attempt to move up for a chance at Indiana’s Victor Oladipo or Kansas’ Ben McLemore. “We’re not going to deplete our whole talent pool,” Saunders said. “There are good players in this draft, but right now, there are not impact players, no one you look at who within two years will be an All-Star, like Kyrie Irving was. There are good players, probably pretty good players, but are they going to be that All-Star or future Hall of Famer? In order to dilute your talent pool, you’ve got to get an impact-type player.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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