Indiana Pacers star Victor Oladipo continues to make his way to full speed following a year on the sidelines. On Wednesday against the Toronto Raptors, the 6-foot-4 continued to show that he is still understandably very rusty, finishing with 13 points on 5-of-14 shooting in his first start of the season.
We all know that's it's only going to be a matter of time before the 27-year-old returns to the upper echelon of guards in the league today, and there's no doubt that the Pacers are keeping their faith in their star. They even talked about a contract extension before the season despite his serious injury.
The Pacers and Oladipo very briefly broached the subject of a contract extension before the season, but the sides concluded it was best to revisit later, sources say.
It is worth noting, though, that discussions turned out to be brief. Nonetheless, this just proves how the Pacers are still all-in on Oladipo even after his recent career-threatening injury.
Contract talks should begin to heat up again by the end of this current season. By then, Oladipo would have just one more year left on his current deal, and for the sake of the Pacers, they will want to make sure that the two-time All-Star is able to put pen to paper on an extension this offseason. Failing to do so could substantially increase the risk of losing him as a free agent in the summer of 2021, which will be a huge summer for free agency.