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Report: Victor Oladipo expected to get shopped by Pacers this offseason

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Several executives around the NBA believe the Indiana Pacers will shop Victor Oladipo this offseason, according to Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report.

Oladipo is heading into the last year of his contract after he and the Pacers weren’t able to agree to a contract extension before the 2019-20 season started.

Gordon 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.

Hayward may be open to a more reasonable extension in Indiana than Oladipo, who one executive noted is “looking for a max deal.”

Oladipo has been linked to the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics. The Pacers got swept by the Heat in the first round of the 2020 playoffs. Many believe Oladipo is eyeing a move to Miami so he can play with All-Stars Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo.

The Pacers fired head coach Nate McMillan after the 2020 playoffs ended. The team is still searching for a new head coach.

Oladipo will make $21 million in 2020-21. He played in 19 games for Indiana in 2019-20 and averaged 14.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists while shooting 39.4 percent from the field, 31.7 percent from beyond the arc and 81.4 percent from the free-throw line after recovering from his knee injury.

The Pacers acquired Oladipo from the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Paul George trade. The former Indiana Hoosiers star has put up 20.7 points per game since arriving in Indy.

Oladipo also won the 2018 Most Improved Player of the Year Award.