Pacers’ Myles Turner calls out media for ‘gaslighting’ Victor Oladipo rumors
Indiana Pacers starting center Myles Turner will not be entertaining any of the Victor Oladipo free agency rumors at the moment.
On the HoopsHype podcast with Michael Scotto, the 24-year-old Pacers big man called out the media for sensationalizing the situation:
Scotto: 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?
MT: 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.
The Pacers center was also asked if he or any of his teammates talk about these rumors. This was his response:
“Nah, man, we’re all professionals. We all know that, like I said, the media has to gaslight certain things to create a story or create a narrative. We really don’t care. We just play basketball.”
Oladipo, who missed the majority of the season prior to the restart due to a quad injury, is set to become an unrestricted free agent in the 2021 offseason. Oladipo has been linked to the Miami Heat, with fans going crazy when Heat All-Star Bam Adebayo had a long chat with him prior to a recent matchup. Turner clearly thinks people are making way too big a deal about all this.
The Pacers are 4-2 in the bubble and sit at 43-28 on the season, which is good for the No. 5 spot in the Eastern Conference. Indiana has two seeding games left, with one coming against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday before another showdown with the Heat on Friday.