Rumor: Victor Oladipo asked opponents about coming to play with them in front of teammates
Victor Oladipo is a name that’s been mentioned as a trade candidate this offseason and it’s been well-known that he wants to be traded from the Indiana Pacers. According to J. Michael of the Indy Star, Oladipo asked opponents about coming to play with them in front of teammates.
— J. Michael (@ThisIsJMichael) November 12, 2020
Within the article, Michael shares that Oladipo, after games, would speak to opponents in front of his teammates. Instead of keeping his thoughts to play elsewhere private, Oladipo discussed joining forces with other stars while his teammates were present.
— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) November 12, 2020
Back in 2017, the Pacers were able to acquire Oladipo in a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder. When the trade took place, some people in Indiana were skeptical of making the move for the former No. 2 overall pick.
However, Oladipo quickly proved that the Pacers made the right decision, recording a career-best 23.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game in his first season with the franchise. In addition, he led the entire NBA with 2.4 steals per game during the 2017-2018 season.
Everything seemed to be going smoothly with Oladipo as the Pacers continued to build a playoff roster around the Maryland native. But during the 2018-2019 season, a season-ending leg injury derailed Oladipo’s tenure with Indiana.
Due to coming off of a serious leg injury, Oladipo would post only 14.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game in 2019-2020. His 14.5 points per game were the lowest mark of his career since his rookie season in 2013-2014.
While he was recovering from injury, he went from interested in re-signing with the Pacers to wanting out, with him set to become a free agent in 2021. The Miami Heat, New York Knicks, and the Toronto Raptors have all been discussed as possible landing spots via trade.
If Victor Oladipo did in fact speak to opponents about joining them during the season, then it would be understandable for the Pacers to move on from him this offseason.