Victor Oladipo traded to the Indiana Pacers

  • 07/01/2017 8:20 am in

For the second time in a year, former Indiana All-American Victor Oladipo is on the move.

Just hours before the start of NBA free agency on Friday night, the Oklahoma City traded Oladipo and forward Damontas Sabonis to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for All-Star forward Paul George.

The trade was reported by ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.

Oladipo was acquired by the Thunder from Orlando last summer in an NBA draft night deal for Serge Ibaka.

The 6-foot-4 guard signed a four-year, $84 million contract extension last fall with the Thunder that will go into effect next season. He will be the highest paid player next season on the Pacers roster.

Oladipo, 25, averaged 15.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists last season for Oklahoma City. Although he was the Thunder’s second leading scorer behind league MVP Russell Westbroook, his player efficiency rating was a career-low 13.62.

The Thunder lost to Houston in five games in the first round of the playoffs.

Oladipo was the No. 2 pick in the 2013 NBA draft and spent his first three professional seasons in Orlando.

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  • Alex Luboff

    Did not see this one coming! Very interesting.

  • SCHoosier

    Needs to improve his overall efficiency numbers but welcome back to Indiana Victor! Pacers should end up selling a lot of ‘Dipo jerseys!!

  • Tim O’Nawbny

    Indiana loves Victor O. I’m happy he is back. I bet Pacer interest spikes up.

  • Outoftheloop

    Yea Victor! Indy fans and all Hoosiers will love to watch Victor in the peak of his career! He will give his all for 82 games, do what the team needs, and become the “Face” of the Pacers! This is a great trade for everyone! Sabonis is a very good young 4. It is time to rebuild the Pacers with Hoosier talent: Swanigan, Thomas Bryant, Cody, James Blackmon, Eric Gordon, George Hill, Hayward, Yogi, Troy, Conley, etc. Some of these guys could be available and the seats would be full, the voices loud, and the excitement great! Go Pacers!

  • Arch Puddington

    Sadly, he just goes from one bad team to another. And as good as he is, he is a bit of a “tweener” who will need the right situation to truly thrive. Orlando couldn’t decide what position they wanted him to play, and OKC has the most ball-dominant player in the league. Maybe the Pacers will find a better role for him, but even if they do, they are a lottery team for the foreseeable future.

    Not that I feel sorry for him! Not only does he make great money doing something he loves, he seems like a genuinely well-balanced and happy person. Still, life is best when we fit our circumstance and we are getting good results. Hopefully he finds those things before his career is over.

  • Outoftheloop

    With Rubio now going to Utah, George Hill may be available for the Pacers. George and Vic as the guards would anchor an interesting and young starting 5 with: Turner, Robinson, and Leaf. Of course they will not win right now, but after a year or two, and adding a great free agent could put them in the play-offs, with a chance to advance. Sabonis, Anigbogu, Niang, Christmas and Sumner all have potential. Jefferson, Ellis, T Young and Stephenson may all have value to teams making a play-off push in March, and good cap flexibility with only 2 years left on their contracts.

  • They’d be full for a few games until the team started losing all the time. I love all the former Hoosiers, but a good NBA team not they make.

  • Outoftheloop

    I can see two years in the future with the plan I outline above.

  • Guyton25

    I keep hearing that the Pacers are eyeing Rondo. That would be a great pickup. Rondo is a true PG, which is so valuable to a team with players like Turner and Dipo that score, but need someone to distribute well.

    Btw, A team with Conley, Oladipo, Hayward, Turner, Zeller, Eric Gordon, George Hill, and Yogi would do very well in the East. They definitely wouldn’t lose all the time, lol. But that’s a pipe dream that would never happen. GMs don’t care what college they played for.. this is about the most you’ll see a GM care about that; and it was a good trade regardless. I hope Oladipo stays for a long time and really grows here with Turner. I don’t think Nate McMillan is the guy for the job though….I wish we still had Vogel……

  • Donnie Vick

    Rondo would be a great pickup if we wanted to totally blowup the locker room.

  • TomJameson

    I don’t know if the Pacers is the team for Vic or not. I just don’t know enough about the NBA to have an informed opinion. But I do have an opinion on VO. 🙂

    Vic isn’t a super-star, I think he’s close, but not quite there. I do believe that if he gets the right team, the right fit, he could be an extremely productive part of a team. I’m imagining two players of Vic’s caliber, a true dynamic duo where both do the work (and one is not a ball hog). Put some competent pieces around the dynamic duo (a center and a couple of big wings) and you have a contender.

  • stuart j fultz

    That would be awesome to know he’s down there at Cook Hall from time to time. I’m still looking for that article for you buddy, lol. Go Hooooooosiers!!!!!

  • stuart j fultz

    One thing that has always stuck how about Victor was his tireless work ethic, he’s a really hard worker. He continues to improve his perimeter shot year by year. I know his to’s have been on the decline also, of course last year he didn’t have the ball in his hands as much, for obvious reasons. I think he’ll have more of a role on with the Pacers as he did with the Magic. I think some of the things Vic has some work to do on would be improving his overall vision in half court situations offensively and to see if he can continue to cut down on his to’s while having the ball in his hands more. I like your take on having the right players around him too and being on a team that’s the right fit for him. I feel Vic’s got a lot of ceiling left, I hope he has a really productive time with the Pacers and that he’s with us for a long time. Go Hooooooooosiers!!!!!

  • stuart j fultz

    I can’t really agree with you on that one with Rondo, seems to be a pretty disruptive player over the course of his career. He really can’t shoot the ball well either or free throws. He does have really good court vision and distributes the ball well. Just don’t know if I’d like him on the Pacers, if Vic would start along side him it would make us a little small in the backcourt in comparison to a lot of other NBA teams. Love that “pipe dream” of players, that would be awesome!!!! Go Hooooooosiers!!!!

  • stuart j fultz

    Heck yeah, will do buddy. Very good point and well received. Go Hooooosiers!!!

  • Outoftheloop

    With Rubio going to Utah, George Hill could be available. Vic and Hill makes for a very good, unselfish, two way back court. Both very hard workers!

  • Outoftheloop

    They do care about filled seats, palpable fan excitement, and public enthusiasm!

  • Guyton25

    But you also have to think.. IU fans care about Oladipo, but Butler fans, Purdue fans, Notre Dame fans, etc. don’t. It still means more fan excitement overall, but probably not as much as you’d imagine (being an IU fan).

  • Guyton25

    Yeah good point about the size. All of the sudden it seems like no one I know likes Teague, but I loved having him here. He didn’t come through in big situations but I think he averaged like 8 assists . I honestly don’t know who would fit best at PG for us. I just know we need a good distributor.

  • vicbert caladipo

    Sad to see such a great guy bounced around so much, but great to see him back home where he’s loved, in Indiana

  • stuart j fultz

    Wow, the idea of Hill and Vic is pretty appealing. Didn’t know HIll was available, that would be a great fit.

  • John D Murphy

    I live in SLC. Watched a lot of Jazz games last year. Hill was fantastic but couldn’t stay healthy. Only reason Jazz are moving on.

  • John D Murphy

    Love Vic. I think the Pacers scoring burden will be too much for him to be efficient. Would love to see him as the fourth scoring option on a really good team ala “Iggy light”. But he’s getting paid nicely and will get plenty of love in Indiana.

  • onehoosier

    I’ve always wished Pacers would look to pick up more of the local college players, even if they are just role/bench players. I would enjoy seeing former B1G, butler and ND players, vs unknowns that play a couple of minutes.

  • Patar4004 Gamer

    Kinda mad about trading vic away my fav player btw wish they could of had andre roberson instead of vic

  • John Mathias

    Jesus Christ. Guys like you are akin to “unrealistic SEC football fan”. Your first thought about him being traded to the Pacers is “oh yeah, this guy making 21 million dollars a year cant wait to run down to B-town and help out my Hoosiers”.

    Seriously. Its fans like you that make us Tennessee football which as a lifelong Hoosier is just plain embarrassing. Stop it already. This isn’t 1987

  • John Mathias

    He isn’t coming to Cook hall. He makes 21 million dollars a year and most likely has no interest in helping out since they fired his head coach. I suggest you follow an SEC football team if you want to live in this world where all that matters is your favorite college team.

  • Guyton25

    Yeah me too. There are a lot of people who take that in-state rivalry stuff too seriously though. The only players I still don’t like in the NBA are Kentucky players. Until several years have passed.

  • Btown4life

    Hey John, did you get lost while surfing the web? I ask because it seems that you forgot that that this is a blog about the Indiana Hoosiers Basketball team? That may be why on this site someone would think about that team first. I would actually think it would be EXTREMELY likely that he would come down to Bloomington when he get’s a chance as he is extremely well liked and respected (regardless of who is our coach). No doubt our players would really appreciate hearing from a player who was drafted #2 OVERALL and just signed a huge 84 million dollar deal.