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Rumor: Bucks’ rebuffed trade offer for Pacers star Victor Oladipo, revealed

Bucks, Pacers, Victor Oladipo trade, Giannis Antetokounmpo

Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo has been an active voice in the team’s war room in an attempt to bolster the team’s lineup for the 2020-21 NBA season.

The Greek Freak reportedly gave his input and personal picks regarding potential upgrades. Among a handful of names discussed, Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal never became a viable option, while the Indiana PacersVictor Oladipo turned out to be an intriguing choice for the Bucks. Milwaukee reached out in trade talks, but the advances were rebuffed.

Via Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report:

Pacers All-Star Victor Oladipo was discussed in numerous trade scenarios, sources said, but Indiana ultimately declined Milwaukee’s advances. At one point, that included a discussion of Donte DiVincenzo, George Hill and the No. 24 pick in the 2020 draft.

Victor Oladipo has been linked to a number of trade rumors this past year, but he also recently reaffirmed his commitment to stay with the Indiana Pacers for the season. The two-time All-Star is fresh off recovering from a ruptured quad tendon in his right knee suffered midway through the 2018-2019 season.

Oladipo eventually made it back after almost a year of being kept on the sidelines and averaged 14.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.9 assists in only 19 appearances in the regular season. At the age of 28, Oladipo is still relatively young, so he has a good chance of finding his form in a contract season ahead of his 2021 free agency.

It seems the Pacers are content keeping Oladipo around for now, but his impending free agency could still mean a trade is on the horizon at some point. The Bucks will surely keep their eye on the situation, even if their trade advances were just recently shot down. While George Hill was included in the Jrue Holiday trade, Donte DiVincenzo is still around as a possible trade chip after the botched Bogdan Bogdanovic deal kept him in Milwaukee.