3 teams Victor Oladipo could leave Heat for in 2021 NBA free agency
Coming off an injury-plagued season where he split time playing with the Pacers and Heat, Victor Oladipo will have his fair share of suitors as free agent this summer. With Oladipo being an All-Star caliber player and arguably one of the best scoring guards in the league when at full strength, there will definitely be teams with a strong interest in the defense-minded shooting guard.
Victor Oladipo could leave Heat for the Memphis Grizzlies
As an exciting young team that has seen the emergence of Ja Morant, Dillon Brooks, and Jalen Jackson Jr. over the past couple of seasons, the addition of Victor Oladipo — leaving the Heat — would give them the perfect backcourt mate to Ja Morant and a complete young squad that could make some noise in the Western Conference Playoffs next season.
Between Morant and Oladipo they’d have limitless scoring, athleticism, and lockdown perimeter defense to go along with a mobile and aggressive frontcourt that features Brooks, Jackson Jr., and Jonas Valanciunas. With that starting lineup, the Grizzlies could climb the ranks of the Western Conference and pull off a few major upsets come playoff time.
Coming off a surprise run to the Eastern Conference Finals, the Hawks are a team on the rise (in the same division as the Heat), but with the likelihood of John Collins leaving in free agency, this will open up a roster spot for Atlanta. Adding Oladipo into the mix would make the Hawks a top four team in the Eastern Conference.
With a potential starting five that consists of Oladipo, Trae Young, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Danilo Gallinari, and Clint Capela, they’d be able to run teams out of the gym — possibly the Heat — with their electric scoring, killer ball movement, and tenacious defense. Plus Young and Oladipo could become the next great scoring backcourt in the NBA.
Between their handles, limitless scoring range, and effortless ability to finish at the rim, they’d both be breaking ankles and making highlight reels on nightly basis. On the Hawks, Oladipo could truly revive his career and help the Hawks power through to their first NBA Finals appearance since 1961. The Heat would not be able to win back the top spot in the NBA Southeast Division.
Portland Trail Blazers
Leaving the Heat for the Blazers would represent a significant change of scenery. In a relentless pursuit to do all they can to please franchise superstar Damian Lillard, the Trail Blazers are going to go all out to surround Lillard with the best talent possible this summer. A great start to that would be making a play for Victor Oladipo who would form a dynamic backcourt with Lillard and give them another go-to scorer that would lessen Lillard’s offensive load down the stretch of big games.
This would also give them another veteran playmaker who could boost their assist rate and really open things up for Lillard and CJ McCollum to work their magic. This move doesn’t automatically get them to the NBA Finals, but it’s progress towards upgrading their roster and getting some star power to help Lillard get closer to a title shot for the first time in his illustrious career. In Portland, Oladipo would benefit from helping the Trail Blazers accomplish something really special.