Victor Oladipo traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder

  • 06/23/2016 9:02 pm in

Former Indiana All-American Victor Oladipo was traded from the Orlando Magic to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday as a part of an NBA draft night deal.

The trade, as reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, sends Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and the rights to the No. 12 pick, Damontas Sabonis, to Oklahoma City in exchange for Serge Ibaka.

Oladipo, who is entering his fourth NBA season, was the No. 2 pick by the Magic in the 2013 NBA draft.

The former IU guard averaged 16 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game last season for Orlando.

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  • Arch Puddington

    Should work well for both sides. He gets to play for a contender, and OKC gets (among other things) help guarding the splash brothers. As long as Durant sticks around, this should give the Thunder even more of a chance to get through the west.

  • booboo

    Orlando got fleeced… trade noel and even okafor straight up for oladipo

  • SCHoosier

    Life style sucks vs. Orlando..but if Durant stays..VO should have a title shot. Magic wanted him to reduce TO’s and improve his 3 pt shooting..he’ll need those improvements at OKLC also

  • Florida Girl

    Happy for Victor that he gets to go to a good team, but really unhappy as a Magic fan.

  • HardRockHoosier

    I hope it really does workout well for Vic. Speculation in ESPN is that, Oladipo is considered an ‘up and coming star’ and OKC was trying to give Durant reasons to stay in Oklahoma rather than jumping ship for greener pastures.

  • TomJameson

    IMO, OKC is getting, what could be, a key player in their race to the title next year. Arch mentioned it but I think it’s worth emphasizing, Vic’s defense is something else, and putting him on the “splash brothers” could very easily be a game changer.

    I hadn’t heard that Orlando wanted him to reduce TO’s and improve his 3-pt shooting, but Vic is a hard worker and I think this trade could motivate him to at least improve his shot.

    Could be a good move for Vic.

  • IULore

    You never know, Dipo might like OKC, I’d like living there more than Orlando. Basketball wise I think it’s a great move.

  • Outoftheloop

    OK City won draft day! They got Victor and Sabonis, 2 young stars to be, and lost Ibaka, a good but aging pro. What a great deal for Victor! He gets to go against Westbrook every day and mark his development against the combo guard gold standard. Victor is 1 of a very few players in the NBA who has the athletic ability, the basketball skills and IQ and the motor to match Westbrook. My money is on Durant to stay and OK City to win it all next year!

  • puddingpudding

    All depends if Durant stays. If he goes, tough sledding for Victor in OKC.

  • TomJameson

    I hope you’re right about Durant staying (and Westbrook). Adding Vic’s defense and athleticism could be a key in making the finals next year.

  • TomJameson

    Have to agree with that. Together Durant, Westbrook, and Victor could be a force to reckon with.

    I definitely don’t follow the NBA much at all, so I really don’t know, but I wonder if the salary cap is any consideration for OKC right now.

  • puddingpudding

    I don’t think it’s going to be driving factor…as the cap is going to be increasing big-time in next couple of years. Think it will come down to whether Durant thinks he can win it all in OKC. (and that’s assuming Westbrook stays…he’ll be an UFA next year…) Hope the best for Dipo.

  • HardRockHoosier

    It is being reported, all over the place, that the cap is shooting up to astronomical levels next year. It is not of any consequence in this case.

  • Outoftheloop

    No matter what Durant does, OK City is way better than Orlando. I was never impressed by the drafting of either Payton or Gordan. I never saw a good plan for Orlando as a team concept. If Durant leaves, which I do not think that he will, OK City will have tons of cap space to go after top quality in the free agency market. Also other trades are possible. Maybe Paul George wants a chance at a ring. OK City will be fine!

  • Fivelefts

    Vic Will be an improved James Harden on the defensive end.. However, possesses the ability to score effectively as well! I’m So! Excited for him! I think with Durant back.. They could win it ALL! I still roll with the Bulls! But OKC will definitely be the team to watch next year.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I didn’t really watch any of the draft coverage on ESPN but I did catch some clips this morning of Tom Crean in studio on The Vertical’s NBA Draft Live show…he was outstanding. I’m not just saying that because he’s our coach or because I like him…he provided really good and seemingly honest feedback/analysis on prospects and their strengths and weaknesses. He appeared very comfortable on camera, his thoughts were clear and concise and he didn’t ramble. Overall, I was very impressed. I don’t know if it matters at all but I think it was great exposure for him and for our program and I think it was another sign that he is a man that’s very comfortable in his own skin at the moment (something I don’t think has been the case during his tenure at IU until a year or two ago).

  • calbert40

    This is a great move for Vic’s career. Orlando got absolutely destroyed in that deal.

  • ForeverIU

    People are going to say he can’t send players to the NBA. But I think on the flip side one can also argue that winning a B1G championship with players who are not NBA-worthy is testament to his good coaching.

  • ForeverIU

    If I didn’t have mouths to feed, I’d take a job as a custodian to live in Brooklyn/NYC.

  • plane1972

    Vic is gonna love OKC…and they will love him! I can’t think of a better fit. Sam Presti continues to be the smartest guy in the room. BTW, SC, do you know the lifestyle in OKC well enough to take shots at it like that?

  • plane1972

    This could also be an insurance policy (of sorts) for Westbrook’s free agency next year. Not comparing the talents of Victor to an MVP-caliber player like Russell, but Victor is a player in the mold of Westbrook. It also means they don’t have to open the vaults for Dion Waiters.

  • Pat

    I believe Sabonis was the 11th pick.

  • Lamar Jimmerson

    Oklahoma City is a way better place to live than Orlando, in my opinion. There certainly isn’t some huge gap between them.

  • John D Murphy

    OKC will let Waiters walk and replace him with a guy who works every day. He will have a chance at 6th man of the year and can take a roll similar to Iggy. Ibaka is way over rated and is basically a stretch 4 at this point in his career. Total one sided trade and win to OKC.

  • MK

    Orlando aint all that besides disney