Victor Oladipo has had some tough luck throughout his brief NBA career. He was supposed to be a superstar but struggled early on with the Orlando Magic, then finally took a step forward with the Oklahoma City Thunder, just to be traded again, this time to the Indiana Pacers.
Oladipo blossomed at Indiana as a two-way stud and even got his first All-Star nod. It seemed like everything was right on track for the talented combo guard, and then two major injuries derailed his career once again, up to the point where the team has pretty much learned how to win without him.
The talent is clearly there and he could still turn into a star. But recent rumors claim that he’s unhappy at Indiana. In fact, he even liked a tweet of a fan saying he’s not comfortable with the team playing him anymore, which started a new wave of rumors about his desire to leave.
That, combined with many teams reportedly interested in acquiring his services could make the Pacers at least entertain the possibility of moving on from him, so today we’re going to let you know about the top 5 best destinations for him:
5. Los Angeles Lakers
Trade Package: Kyle Kuzma, Danny Green, Quinn Cook, Alex Caruso
The Los Angeles Lakers are one of the teams to beat this season but it’s still clear that they could use a third star and go-to-scorer. Kyle Kuzma regressed a lot this season and he just doesn’t look comfortable with the second unit and none of their other role players have stepped up.
Oladipo could give a major boost for Frank Vogel’s team as a lockdown defender in the backcourt and a third scoring choice. His athleticism and playmaking duties could also take some pressure off of LeBron James’ shoulders from time to time.
4. Miami Heat
Trade Package: Andre Iguodala, Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson, Future Pick
It’s been said that Pat Riley and the Miami Heat have had their eyes on Victor Oladipo for some time and you know Pat always finds the way to get what he wants. Whenever there’s a disgruntled star, the Miami Heat is the franchise to keep an eye on.
The Heat has put together an impressive young core that meshes around perfectly, so breaking it up for Oladipo could backfire, especially considering they’d lose a lot of shooting. Even so, when you’re so close to contending for a Championship, you pull the trigger when you have the chance to land an All-Star.