5 players who turned their backs on the Indiana Pacers

The Indiana Pacers have mostly had a history of sustained success. Their highs might have been higher had these five players not turned their backs on them.

Apr 17, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (13) slam dunks during the
Apr 17, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (13) slam dunks during the / Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
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4. Victor Oladipo

The Indiana Pacers were exactly what Victor Oladiop needed in his career. When the Pacers traded George for Oladipo and Sabonis, they fully embraced a rebuild. Only it wasn't a rebuild because both of those guys made Indiana really good right away.

In his first year in Indiana, he won Most Improved after he averaged 23.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and a league-leading 2.4 steals a game. He was an All-Star and helped the Pacers put a scare into the LeBron-led Cleveland Cavaliers that made the NBA Finals.

He was an All-Star the following year again but suffered a devastating quad injury and missed a full year. Since then, he's never been quite the same. Even after the Pacers nursed him back to health and wanted to keep him for a long time, Oladipo made no secret that he wanted to go to Miami.

He would eventually get there after the Pacers traded him to Houston in a three-team trade that netted Indiana Caris LeVert. He left after that season to go to Miami. Currently, Oladipo is not in the league after being waived from multiple teams. His career is likely over.

Oladipo was really good before the injury but never seemed to fully embrace the idea of finishing his career with the Pacers even before he was hurt. Fans don't take it as personally because he hasn't been good since leaving, but he still turned his back on the franchise.

The final player on this list actually played with Oladipo and was one of the players who was huge for the Pacers in the playoffs.