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Victor Oladipo ‘wants to stay,’ claims Pacers president

Victor Oladipo, Pacers

Indiana Pacers president Kevin Pritchard believes All-Star shooting guard Victor Oladipo wants to stay with the franchise for the long haul.

Oladipo can become an unrestricted free agent in the offseason of 2021 and there have been reports that the high-flyer could leave the team, per J. Michael of Indy Star.

The Pacers tried to sign Victor Oladipo to a contract extension before the 2019-20 season started. However, talks never got far as Oladipo was believed to be upset by Indiana’s offer.

Without Domantas Sabonis, the Pacers got swept by the Miami Heat in the first round of the 2020 playoffs. Oladipo averaged 17.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists against the South Beach franchise, while shooting 39.3 percent from the field, 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 93.8 percent from the free-throw line.

Dipo has been heavily linked to the Miami Heat, who will have cap space to sign the former Indiana Hoosiers star in 2021. Indiana fans are praying this isn’t a Paul George 2.0 situation. To recall, the superstar forward requested a trade in the summer of 2017 and was dealt to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Oladipo and Sabonis.

While Oladipo and Sabonis have turned into All-Stars with the Pacers, it’s safe to assume most Indiana fans would have preferred that George stayed in town since he’s one of the best scorers in the game.