More drama is unfolding with Victor Oladipo and the Indiana Pacers.
As of today, it seems like there is another turn in the saga of Victor Oladipo with the Indiana Pacers. People are going to say that they don’t believe it solely on the fact that there is limited credibility, but I think the writing has been on the wall for a while that Victor Oladipo is probably on the move.
Nov. 12, 2020, will be known as the day Pacers Twitter blew up over a single report. The report was that Victor Oladipo went up to opponents asking if he could play with them. In my opinion, I don’t think this is that farfetched for how Oladipo has been acting recently.
The only positive news we have heard relating to Oladipo is that he reached out to new head coach Nate Bjorkgren when he learned of his hiring and seemed to be very positive. There have been many reports throughout the previous months of tension within the locker room, Pacers fans shifted the blame onto Nate McMillan at that point.
McMillan was probably part of some tension with his bad coaching but maybe we put too much faith into Victor Oladipo being the great guy and leader. I think Malcolm Brogdon cemented himself as the leader of the Pacers, maybe that irked Oladipo, just some speculation, don’t quote me.
Victor Oladipo’s sister may have accidentally brought up some of the beef within the organization with her response to someone on Twitter. She also shared a brief exchange with Myles Turner, which is here for people who haven’t seen:
Maybe there is something going on with Myles Turner and Victor Oladipo behind the scenes but we don’t know that. I couldn’t think of anything Myles did this season that could have made anyone mad, if anyone would be mad it should be him due to his small role by the design of Nate McMillan’s coaching.
Myles sacrificed for the team by not needing the ball all the time, he was there to stretch the floor and play defense, but he still caught unnecessary slack from fans all season. The team seemed very happy together with their bench celebrations and off-court antics, but I guess the saying that everything is not what it seems is true.
What do the Pacers do with Victor Oladipo?
The answer is easy: trade Victor Oladipo. I see a very simple solution to the Victor Oladipo problem, get rid of the problem. Victor Oladipo was great in his lone All-NBA season but that’s not who he is anymore. The Pacers have shown they can put together winning seasons without him on the floor.
The three routes to go are for some role players, a pick in this year’s draft, or even a disgruntled player like Buddy Hield. I’d lean towards the pick or Buddy Hield, in my opinion. The Pacers never get top picks so if the opportunity presents itself I’d take it in a heartbeat.
People have mixed opinions on this draft saying it isn’t that good. However, it seems deep, but there was just less scouting available for this draft class and I think that’s where it stems from.
As I write this it is seeming more and more true that the reports are truthful with claims of the Victor Oladipo tenure coming to an end. More information is going to continue to be released, stay tuned to see what happens with Oladipo.
Now it’s time to focus on keeping Sabonis happy.