Rumor: Pacers’ Victor Oladipo, Myles Turner discussed in 3-team trades
The Indiana Pacers are active in trade talks one week ahead of the official start to the NBA offseason.
According to IndyStar’s J. Michael, Indiana president Kevin Pritchard has discussed Victor Oladipo trades “often,” including in three-team deals with center Myles Turner.
Oladipo and the Pacers are at an impasse in contract talks, and his name has been ubiquitous in trade rumors. The 28-year old is set to hit free agency after the 2020-21 season, but he hasn’t resembled his 2018 All-Star form since suffering a devastating knee injury in January 2019.
Oladipo is set to make $21 million in the final year of his deal and has reportedly grown increasingly dissatisfied with his situation in Indiana. This latest report also claims Oladipo has even asked opponents of other teams if he could come join them.
It’s possible teams around the league are intrigued by Oladipo — including the Pacers — but are waiting to see how he plays this season before striking a deal. Oladipo returned to the floor in early 2020 and played 19 regular-season games in 2019-20, averaging 14.5 points per game.
His trade value is particularly low at the moment, which could partially explain the inclusion of a third team in any potential trade.
Turner, 24, averaged 12.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game in 62 games in 2019-20. He has three years remaining on his contract, at $18 million per season.
Indiana hired former Toronto Raptors assistant Nate Bjorkgren to be its next head coach in October.