Victor Oladipo speaks out on his future with Pacers amid exit rumors
Oladipo has been one of the biggest names being dragged around in trade rumors across the league for the past few months now, and as the offseason transpires, it’s looking like the 28-year-old will end up wearing a different jersey come next season — whenever that would be.
However, on Wednesday, the Pacers’ star guard joined rapper Fat Joe on Instagram Live to share his thoughts on his future with the team.
“I’m a Pacer. I’m a Pacer… Those rumors on the internet, I don’t know where they’re coming from, I’m just focused on getting my knee right for next year,” Oladipo exclaimed.
Oladipo also expressed his desire to win, noting how a championship defines a player’s legacy in today’s NBA.
“Everybody who knows me knows that I’m all about winning.” Oladpio added. “I feel that that’s what you’re defined as in this game.”
Victor Oladipo says he’s ready to start winning some rings pic.twitter.com/li6SH3zjP4
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) October 1, 2020
It has been quite the roller-coaster ride for Victor Oladipo since he joined the Pacers before the 2017-2018 season. He had two All-Star seasons as Indiana’s focal point, averaging 21.7 points per game to go along with 5.3 rebounds and 4.6 assists, before suffering a season-ending injury early in 2019. He ended up returning to the court a calendar year after the injury and joined Indiana in the NBA bubble in Orlando.
Oladipo and the Pacers suffered another early playoff exit this 2020 at the hands of eventual Eastern Conference champions, Miami Heat. They were swept in the first round, which started rumors about Dipo’s frustration and the possibility of him leaving the franchise.
“Not saying that Charles Barkley ain’t a great player but at the end of the day, I want to be able to show my kids when I have them how great of a player I was and in order to do that you gotta show them some hardware. That’s what I’m locked in on doing. I want some hardware and I want a lot of hardware.” Oladpio furthered.
No matter where he ends up playing in the upcoming season, it’s no question that Oladipo will be more than ready to prove to everyone that his career is far from over.