With the Knicks in a great spot salary cap-wise and in …

With the Knicks in a great spot salary cap-wise and in position to be aggressive if the opportunity to acquire a star player arises, could New York soon make a play for Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Pacers? Teams will be keeping an eye on the Pacers this offseason, reports SNY’s Ian Begley, who notes that the intrigue around Indiana will continue because the team has $58 million in 2021-22 salary committed to Myles Turner, Domantas Sabonis and Malcolm Brogdon — potentially putting the team in a tough spot when it comes to locking up Oladipo in the summer of 2021.

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Oladipo is set to earn $21 million in 2020-21 during what is the final season of a four-year deal. If Oladipo were to become available, the Knicks are well-positioned to make an aggressive push.
With the Knicks in a great spot salary cap-wise and in position to be aggressive if the opportunity to acquire a star player arises, could New York soon make a play for Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Pacers? Teams will be keeping an eye on the Pacers this offseason, reports SNY's Ian Begley, who notes that the intrigue around Indiana will continue because the team has $58 million in 2021-22 salary committed to Myles Turner, Domantas Sabonis and Malcolm Brogdon -- potentially putting the team in a tough spot when it comes to locking up Oladipo in the summer of 2021.
Oladipo is set to earn $21 million in 2020-21 during what is the final season of a four-year deal. If Oladipo were to become available, the Knicks are well-positioned to make an aggressive push.
The Pacers’ offseason is more complicated than it seems on the surface, and it all starts with Oladipo. In a simple world, they could just sign Oladipo to a contract extension for whatever amount. The reality is more limiting — the Pacers are capped at offering $25 million a year in an extension, a 20 percent raise on the $21 million he’s due this season. Over four seasons, that’s still quite a deal — over $100 million, and one that would pay Oladipo until he’s 32.
In some ways, this limitation makes life easier for the Pacers. Instead of haggling with Oladipo over whether he’s a max player or not, they can throw their hands up and say the rules cap them at $25 million. It’s a fair offer, too, considering the injury concerns with Oladipo and the questions about paying him into his 30s. But in some ways, it makes life more difficult, too. If Oladipo decides he wants to bet on himself this coming season in the hope that he can get a max deal (four years, $150 million) and choose his destination, the Pacers are powerless to prevent it. The 2021 free-agent market will be flush with cash, too, so Oladipo will not lack for suitors.
So if they can’t get an extension done, they may be in a position where it makes sense to trade him … except his trade value is at a low ebb right now because teams didn’t get a long look at him post-injury. If they can get an extension done it’s all good, but if not they have a problem.
Well, let’s start with Oladipo because this is a significant fork in the road for the franchise. They had some talks last fall before the season but shelved discussions until the summer — which is code for ‘we want more’ from Oladipo’s side. It’s difficult for me to imagine the Pacers going into the 2020-21 season without either an extension or trade for Oladipo. Fans will be thinking here’s the Paul George situation all over again, and since Indy is not a destination for free agents, the Pacers can’t let Oladipo walk for anything next summer.
The Indiana Pacers have agreed to trade four-time All-Star forward Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder, sources tell ESPN's Ramona Shelburne. As part of the deal, the Pacers will acquire guard Victor Oladipo and big man Domantas Sabonis, sources said.
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“Serge (Ibaka) is a young veteran who brings tremendous athleticism and toughness to our frontcourt. His tireless work ethic and wealth of playoff experience will help enhance our culture and roster. We thank Victor (Oladipo) for all of his contributions both on the court and in the community. We wish him and Ersan (Ilyasova) the best of luck in the future,” said Rob Hennigan.
Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon, Mario Hezonja, Victor Oladipo, Elfrid Payton and Nik Vucevic aren’t going anywhere. The Orlando Magic will not trade any member of their young nucleus before this season’s NBA trade deadline expires on Thursday afternoon, general manager Rob Hennigan told the Orlando Sentinel tonight.
Already, trade rumors are swirling, with one New York-based writer saying a source "claims" the Magic have spoken with the Atlanta Hawks about a potential swap that would include Oladipo and the Hawks' former All-Star point guard, Jeff Teague. "Everybody hears rumors," Oladipo said Wednesday. "But at the end of the day you control what you can control. My Lord and Savior will put me wherever He wants me to be. So I've just got to trust that and just go out and play for my team. I'm worried about winning games. I'm not worried about all the other stuff I can't control."
The Magic have been linked to Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague. The word around the situation is the Magic have at least explored the idea of a Jeff Teague for Victor Oladipo swap. However, sources close to the Hawks said the team was still weighing options and conversations with Orlando are still taking place, as the Hawks are likely taking their decision on whether to deal all the way to the deadline.
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