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Victor Oladipo
Victor Oladipo
Position: G
Born: 05/04/92
Height: 6-4 / 1.93
Weight:213 lbs. / 96.6 kg.
Salary: $21,000,000
Since the Pacers returned to Indianapolis and then headed down to the bubble, teammates have been talking up Warren, how focused and prepared he seemed to be after the long layoff, but this … well, this was out of this world. This was Harden-esque. Or LeBron-esque. T.J. Warren? Really nice player, an amazing acquisition from the clueless Phoenix Suns, who gave him away for “cash considerations,” but you could have gotten a trillion-to-1 odds on Warren going for 50-plus on the very first regular-season game in the bubble. Or in any game. Anywhere. “We fed the dragon,” Oladipo said, smiling. “A guy that hot, you try to get him the ball, and I thought all our guys were trying to do that,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “T.J. was as hot as I’ve ever seen him. And I thought his teammates did a good job of sacrificing, of screening and getting him the ball and giving him proper spacing. You’ve got to milk him. I thought our point guards (Aaron Holiday and T.J. McConnell), they combined for 18 assists, we had 44 assists in the game, so our ball movement was good, and a lot of that was ending up in T.J.’s hands.”
While it’s difficult to read anything into that — and again, Oladipo has not yet committed to playing in the remaining regular season games and playoffs — his statements regarding Turner at least sounded like someone who wants to be part of the team. After praising Turner for his positive attitude, recent level of play and importance to the team, Oladipo concluded: “He’s always had the talent. Always had it. Now I have to be there to make sure he never forgets how good he is and continue to lift all my teammates up the best I can. We just continue to take steps in the right direction so we can do something special.”
The Pacers, meanwhile, have gotten the best, perhaps unforeseen news of the restart, that Victor Oladipo will probably play after all. I saw him go through a full shooting workout from beyond the arc. He was cutting sharply, running, jumping, and banging those 3s. Coach Nate McMillan said Oladipo would play in the Pacers’ scrimmages (that’s what the league is calling the three practice or exhibition games each team gets), a low-key acknowledgement that the Pacers are counting on him. Last week Oladipo confirmed he was trying to play after at first declaring himself out to protect his surgically repaired torn quad from 2019.

Pacers, Victor Oladipo's relationship fractured?

The Pacers fully support Oladipo and whatever he decides, although they haven’t always been on the same page. There was a fracture in the relationship after his injury in Jan. 2019, per sources. It has improved over time. And it’s good that the team has two executives down there, Kevin Pritchard and Chad Buchanan, to assist during this situation. “It’s no surprise that they backed me and they support me,” Oladipo said of the organization. “I’m just thankful that they got my back.”
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While Oladipo’s rehab was negatively impacted by the coronavirus, he had an advantage over many because he has a personal physical therapist — who was among the 35 individuals on the Pacers’ traveling party to Disney, by the way — access to a gym and weights in his garage. If he needed something more, he could have elected to remain in Indianapolis during quarantine, with the practice facility at his disposal, rather than going to his home to Orlando. Twice he mentioned not having the resources to truly test his knee, referring to playing against competition in a group setting. But neither have most players.
Meanwhile, Oladipo is proceeding with caution — and he should. This is his livelihood and he must make the most of it, both in terms of his production on the court and earnings that come as a result. Assuming he is healthy and confident enough to play, Oladipo then has to decide what is best for his career. He has said for more than a year that his focus is on the macro, on playing in the league for the next 10 years.

Victor Oladipo opting out?

Brian Windhorst: The strange thing about this is that now Victor (Oladipo) is sort of reevaluating his opt out. And from what I understand, I mean, at least what I’ve been led to believe, I don’t know if it’s 100 percent true or not, his reevaluating is not to do with the 3 million bucks, although I can’t accept that it doesn’t figure into at least part of his thinking. But the fact that he’s gotten out and played five-on-five with his team and feels pretty good… From what I understand he looks back, from what I understand. He looks better than any Pacer down there, even the guys who are fully healthy. Now Malcolm Brogdon is coming back from COVID. so I don’t know what kind of condition he’s in, but I heard he’s the best guy on the floor.
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While the Pacers have been more than generous with Oladipo by allowing him to govern his recovery from right knee surgery, the NBA, a league source told IndyStar, has taken issue with the optics of a seemingly healthy player sitting out while in the “bubble” as other players such as Spencer Dinwiddie, DeAndre Jordan, Trevor Ariza, Avery Bradley and Davis Bertans have forfeited salary by opting out because of COVID-19, child care issues and injury concerns.
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A league source told IndyStar two months ago that Oladipo wouldn’t participate in the restart. That changed, however, as the opt-in date grew closer. Another league source said he’d “definitely” play. That quickly shifted again when Oladipo voiced concerns about re-injury while McMillan and president Kevin Pritchard gushed over how good he looked in individual workouts when the team regrouped in Indianapolis following a four-month stoppage.

Victor Oladipo's remaining salary in dispute

Indiana Pacers star Victor Oladipo is in an unresolved situation over $3 million in salary, multiple sources told ESPN. Under the rules the NBA established for its season restart in Orlando, players who were healthy but opted not to play would have to forgo their remaining salary for the season. Two weeks ago, in an interview with The Athletic, Oladipo said he was healthy but had decided not to play to ensure recovery from tearing his quad tendon in January 2019.
In the days since, lawyers from the player’s union and the NBA have reviewed the situation and there is dispute over where Oladipo’s situation falls. The union believes Oladipo, who went to Orlando with the Pacers and then cleared quarantine so he could practice, should be paid his remaining salary, sources said. The league, largely in an effort to set a precedent in case other players who are deemed healthy want to leave Orlando and no longer play, believes Oladipo has opted out and should not be paid, sources said. His public comments about feeling healthy has only solidified the league’s position on the matter, sources said. The Pacers support Oladipo’s decision and are willing to pay him the salary whether he plays or not, sources said.