Oladipo, Zeller sign contract extensions

  • 11/01/2016 9:10 am in

Monday was the deadline for NBA teams to sign players beginning their fourth season to contract extensions. Both Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo came to terms on new contracts, which means both players will avoid restricted free agency next summer.

Oladipo, the No. 2 pick in the 2013 draft, agreed to a four-year, $84 million extension with Oklahoma City. The former IU All-American was a part of an offseason trade from Orlando to Oklahoma City in exchange for Serge Ibaka.

“He is such a tribute not just to Indiana, not only to D.C. and DeMatha, not only to his friends and family, but he is the kind of person you look at and say, ‘I get why he’s successful,'” Tom Crean said on Monday. “And I would doubt very much that $21 million a year is going to change any outlook that he has.”

Through three games with the Thunder, Oladipo is averaging 17 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and one steal per game.

Zeller, the No. 4 pick in the 2013 draft, agreed to a four-year, $56 million extension with Charlotte, where he’s played his entire NBA career.

He missed significant time this preseason with an injury, but is expected to rejoin the starting lineup for the Hornets when he’s back to 100 percent health.

In three games this season for the Hornets, Zeller is averaging 10.7 points, five rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game.

“Maintaining and building our young core of players has been a key goal for us the last few years,” Hornets general manager Rich Cho said in a release.  “We’re excited that Cody will be part of the Hornets organization for years to come. Cody is a hard worker, a team-first player and a versatile talent that was a large part of our success last year. He has improved in each of his three seasons in the NBA. We look forward to a bright future with Cody as a part of the roster that we are continuing to build.”

(Photo credit: J Pat Carter/Getty Images North America)

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  • thrawnjan

    Soon we will have Simon Skjodt Victor Oladipo Assembly Hall.

  • John D Murphy

    Congrats to both. Both were among the four being highlighted by ESPN last night. The other two being Rudy Gobert and Steven Adams. All four have the common traits of team first and relentless work ethic. Also congrats to Jordan Howard, who became the first Bear rookie with 200+ yards from scrimmage in a game since Gayle Sayers in ’63. As a Bear’s RB, you get in the same sentence as Sayers…

  • $21 million a year is nothing to complain about but that was a bargain for the thunder considering the going rate now in NBA

  • I am Baby Cakes

    Not the richest deals of the day or out of the class but still got that extension. That is huge.

  • Corey Schroyer

    Loved checking out that interview, he’s still everything he was at Indiana. Hard worker, humble, and a guy who just really loves the game. No it wasn’t the “richest” deal of the day but who can’t agree that being happy and being in a situation that you desire to be in trumps an offer sheet from a team that you might not love as much or won’t be happy with? Hell I wouldn’t know what to do with 56 million….3 lifetimes, that’s enough for 10 lifetimes in my opinion lol

  • inLinE6

    And Branch McCracken Cody Zeller Court??

  • inLinE6

    If Victor proves his worth by end of this year, then $21M is an absolute steal. But I personally think this is a more than expected contract for a player who hasn’t played a playoff game, and hasn’t been a consistent star. I wish Victor great success. He inspired many.

  • TomJameson

    It proves to me something I’ve always know about Victor, it’s not all about the money. Sure, it’s pretty nice (I imagine … lol), but he has lofty goals concerning his personal and professional development.