Victor Oladipo has been doing great with the Indiana Pacers although the past NBA season was marred by injuries. He did try to return and showed glimpses of brilliance. But the fact remained that the second-round pick of the 2013 NBA Draft was not yet ready to spring back into action.
Fast-forward to next season, the Pacers are expected to try and revamp this offseason. The names of Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner have been mentioned with one of them possibly being let go. As for Oladipo, The Athletic reported that he may not re-sign with the Pacers. If this holds, he could be a target of several clubs in the offseason.
Oladipo played only 19 games last NBA season, averaging 14.5 points,3.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists per Basketball-Reference. These numbers were not far from his career norms. His best year with Indiana was during the 2017-18 season where he averaged 23.1 points, 5.2 assists, 4.3 assists and 2.4 steals in 75 games.
Though there is no certainty on whether the Pacers can find a way to keep him, NBC Sports reported that the firing of Nate McMillan to get a new coach could be a means to convince the 28-year-old guard to stay. As of this writing, there has been no mention of who could be Indiana’s next head coach.
Three teams are being mentioned as potential landing spots of Oladipo. They are the Toronto Raptors, Dallas Mavericks and the Sacramento Kings. From the list, the most appealing would be the Raptors. But if one looks at their roster, some may question where he fits in with Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet still around.
The Mavericks could be interesting, meaning Oladipo could team up with Luka Doncic. The Kings could use him but there is a cloud of uncertainty on what lies ahead for the club.
The three teams are considered dark horses for Oladipo. There are bound to be more clubs entering the fray, ones that need a veteran guard who can lead the pack. The New York Knicks could be one of them although they are in a rebuilding process that Oladipo may or may not be interested in.
But before thinking that far, Oladipo may be waiting to see who will be the Pacers’ next head coach. He wants to see the plans moving forward — something that could sway him to reconsider re-signing with the team.