HoopsHype Victor Oladipo rumors

June 26, 2013 Updates
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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

June 24, 2013 Updates

But no more certain is the second choice, who was thought to be Kansas’ shooting guard Ben McLemore, but now may be Indiana’s Victor Oladipo or Georgetown’s Otto Porter. Or it could be Maryland’s 7-foot-1 center Alex Len — except that Len could be the No. 1 choice. “I haven’t seen that in a long, long time,” Blake said of the uncertainty surrounding not only the top pick, but the unknowns that will pepper the entire first round. “I need to go back, but it’s very rare that the top draft pick has been traded. That could happen this year.” Bergen Record

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Oladipo's work ethic almost has taken on mythic proportions, with even casual college basketball fans and armchair draft experts raving about his "motor" on the court. His story could've been written by Horatio Alger. His parents emigrated from Africa — his dad from Sierra Leone, his mom from Nigeria — and settled in suburban Washington, D.C. His dad earned a Ph.D., while his mom became a registered nurse. Mike Jones, Oladipo's coach at DeMatha Catholic High School, said Victor demonstrated an unmatched drive, almost always attending optional 6 a.m. open-gym sessions to hone his game. "He really worked as hard as he possibly could, and if the gym was going to be open, you knew you could count on Victor being there," Jones said. "He kind of became like the Pied Piper. When Victor worked out, other guys wanted to work out, too. His outlook and his approach are definitely contagious." Orlando Sentinel

And, within a few days, some NBA team will pick him early in the NBA Draft. "[It's] surreal sometimes," said Oladipo, who earned his college degree in three years. "Sometimes I wake up at night or wake up early in the morning, and just think, 'Wow. I'm about to be in the NBA.' I've been dreaming about this all my life." Orlando Sentinel

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The Cavs have been talking to teams for weeks about a trade, but they are finding a limited market and at this point are likely to keep the pick. Sources in Cleveland strongly suggest that the Cavs have yet to make their decision. Anthony Bennett, Ben McLemore, Victor Oladipo, Otto Porter, Alex Len and Noel all have visits and/or workouts scheduled in Cleveland this week. Noel is scheduled to visit the team Thursday and has a chance to seal the deal as the No. 1 pick if he performs well. ESPN.com

June 16, 2013 Updates

According to multiple league sources with knowledge of the situation, Victor Oladipo has declined the Wizards’ invitation to work out at Verizon Center. But Oladipo has given the team the option of watching him work out at DeMatha or another facility in Bowie, where he has been preparing for the NBA draft. Washington Post

Oladipo grew up in Upper Marlboro but doesn’t expect his career to begin with his hometown team, which already has its backcourt set with John Wall and Bradley Beal. When asked about the possibility of playing for the Wizards during the NBA combine last month in Chicago, Oladipo didn’t sound as if he thought it would be the best fit. “It would be interesting because they already have John Wall and Bradley Beal,” he said, “but I feel like if I land there, I can make an impact in whatever area they want to, and just help the team win.” Washington Post

According to sources close to Oladipo, the 6-foot-5 guard will work out next week for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Cleveland also has a backcourt set with all-star Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters but it also holds the No. 1 overall pick. Washington Post

June 14, 2013 Updates

The Timberwolves conducted another round of predraft workouts Thursday, then new president of basketball operations Flip Saunders slipped out of Target Center to catch a flight to see Indiana guard Victor Oladipo on Friday. Saunders flew to Las Vegas two weeks ago to watch Russian guard Sergey Karasev in a pro-day workout. On Thursday, he headed to the Washington, D.C. area to see a player the Wolves would have to move from their ninth pick into the top five -- or maybe even top two — to draft. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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