There is an extremely talented player who will become an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of this coming season. Victor Oladipo is sure to be on almost every NBA team’s wish list.
At times, people forget just how good Oladipo can be. Limited by injuries, he has not had the chance to completely fulfill his potential. Let’s not forget that the reason he’s currently on the Indiana Pacers is because he was traded by the Oklahoma City Thunder with Domantas Sabonis for Paul George.
Drafted second overall in 2013, the guard has struggled to stay on the court over his past two seasons. In the condensed 2019-20 season, he played just 19 games for the Pacers. Averaging 27.8 minutes, the lowest in his career, he registered 14.5 points, 3.9 assists, and 2.9 assists per game.
The Pacers are in a tough position. Ideally, they would have found a way to extend their star player but failing to do so, they’ll probably look to trade Oladipo at the trade deadline. Moving him now would mean that the team is trading him when his value is diminished. If he can prove that he is able to return to form and isn’t bothered by past injuries, the Pacers will probably look to gain some type of return for the 28-year-old.
The Raptors don’t need to trade for Oladipo but can sit patiently on the sideline and wait until he becomes an unrestricted free agent. If the money is right, there’s a chance that Toronto could land the two-time All-Star.