NBA Rumor: Victor Oladipo Trade?

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Rumors swirled that Oladipo wanted out of Indiana for a while, which he denied. According to one Pacers teammate, there wasn’t tension in the locker room with Oladipo despite the rumors that swirled about his future. “He came into camp with a refreshed mindset and was committed to the team, zero tension,” one Pacers player told HoopsHype on the condition of anonymity since the trade is not official yet. “I think the trade surprised us all, but it’s part of the business. We all loved Vic in the locker room.”

Hearing the chatter while becoming emotionally unattached to the situation has him motivated to take it out on his opponents. To say that he has a chip on his shoulder is an understatement. “It stopped being a chip a long time ago. It more so feels like the world on my back and I gotta make sure I hold it up,” Oladipo said. “So, if you wanna call me Atlas from now on, that’s fine, but it’s no longer a chip. It’s bigger than a chip now, so I’m just looking forward to competing at the highest level.”

“It’s very difficult, especially when things are said about you that’s negative,” Oladipo said. “I’ve been in the league for eight years now, this is my eighth year, and this is the first time anyone has accused me of anything like this. It’s very interesting to me, but at the end of the day, I can’t let none of the stuff that I can’t control make me lose focus of what really matters, and that’s this team, my teammates, this organization and making sure I’m healthy.”

If Nunn and cap flexibility are the players involved, those future picks will have to fly. If we throw Robinson into the mix, it becomes easier to not have to part with future picks. If Herro is involved, there is no need to attach future picks. It’s just hard to see Herro being involved unless they’re acquiring Giannis or Beal in a potential trade. League sources believe a trade for Oladipo wouldn’t even consider including Herro on Miami’s end of it. “Riley hangs up.”

Kravitz: The Pacers understand, they can’t and won’t spend the kind of money that other teams spend, so they’ve got to be more creative and forward-thinking with their approach. At this point, there’s still no public indication whether Victor Oladipo will remain with the Pacers; he gave off a get-me-outta-here vibe in recent months, but sources tell me it hasn’t yet reached critical mass. They also have to decide whether they’re going to move forward with the Myles Turner-Domantas Sabonis big-man pairing. Turner would seem the more likely focus of a trade if they go that way.

Indiana Pacers star guard Victor Oladipo has seen his name included in multiple trade rumors of late. As it turns out, however, not everyone believes that the 28-year-old holds as much value as some may think. In a recent appearance on the The Hoop Collective with Brian Windhorst, ESPN’s Tim Bontemps explained why he thinks not too many teams will be lining up to trade for Oladipo in the coming offseason. Transcribed by RealGM: “I think it’s unlikely Oladipo gets traded because of how weird his past year has been,” said Bontemps. “Both coming back from the injury, and frankly, not being very good after coming back from the injury. “From talking to people around the league, I don’t think his value is nearly as high as his name brand would suggest at the moment. And I think it’s more likely that the Pacers go into the season and either hope he plays really well and they do great and he decides to stay. Or that he plays better and they maybe trade him later, when his value goes up soon.”

Miami Heat not that interested in Victor Oladipo?


Hayward would return home (he was born in Indianapolis and went to high school in the suburb of Brownsburg), giving the Pacers a player to potentially replace Victor Oladipo on the wing. Oladipo is heading into the last year of his contract, and several executives around the league believe Indiana will shop him this offseason. Boston may not have the willingness to give up the kind of assets needed to take on Oladipo, but Turner might be attainable.

Oladipo’s contract is up after the 2020-21 season. Since January, there have been rumblings among my own league sources about Oladipo’s openness to a trade. Oladipo himself told rapper Fat Joe that he values winning over being a team’s best player. Does Indiana offer the best of both worlds, or does Miami, the city he already trains in and calls home during the offseason? This is assuming the Heat would even want Oladipo, who didn’t look like an All-Star this season after his return from a major knee injury. Any team interested in Oladipo, including the Heat, should probably wait. But Miami has options as it awaits a disgruntled star who wants out.

Ian Begley: And I would think that Oladipo is looking for a max contract when he becomes a free agent in the summer of 2021. So I wouldn’t be surprised at all, if the Pacers at least considered trading Oladipo because they know they may not be able to resign-him. I think if you’re the Knicks or the Nets, you have to gauge what you think Oladipo would be when he’s healthy because he’s coming off that significant injury, you have to gauge whether you’d be willing to commit a max salary to him next summer. I do know that some people with the Knicks are very high on Oladipo but I don’t know if top-decision makers are high in Oladipo.

There’s a through line from there to the Victor Oladipo situation too, as the 28-year-old guard is one year away from free agency and rumblings had persisted that he didn’t plan on re-signing with the Pacers. Could playing for a free-wheeling coach like D’Antoni whose style has sparked so many career years for players in the past improve the dynamic here, or might the Pacers trade Oladipo this offseason before he gets a chance with the new coach? The answer, as of now, is unclear.

Myles Turner on Victor Oladipo rumors

Since he’s come back to you guys, there’s been some noise about him looking ahead towards his free agency. And, you know, you’ve been around the league long enough now where you see this stuff all the time, but teams like the Heat get mentioned. From your perspective, what do you make of that free agency talk a year in advance? Myles Turner: I mean, it’s just the media doing what the media does. They have to gaslight certain situations, and you know I don’t think much of it, because like you said, it’s really a year out. Ultimately, it’s going to be up to him and the decision he wants to make, or the decision the front office wants to make. So, until then, all you can do is control what you can control and just hoop on the floor. I think if he continues to be himself, then he can kind of create his own destiny, so I don’t pay much attention to all that stuff.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”
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