Knicks may be keeping close eye on Pacers star Oladipo

Pacers guard Victor Oladipo is likely to draw interest from a number of teams. AP photo

Might the New York Knicks be interested in making a real run at Indiana Pacers standout guard Victor Oladipo?

Well, sure. Who wouldn’t want Oladipo? But with a new front office, headed by former CAA agent Leon Rose, the Knicks are expected to be partciularly aggressive in trying to build their team into a winner — starting in the next offseason, whenever that may be.

This from SNY.tv:

“Teams will be keeping an eye on the Pacers this offseason, reports SNY’s Ian Begley, who notes that the intrigue around Indiana will continue because the team has $58 million in 2021-22 salary committed to Myles TurnerDomantas Sabonis and Malcolm Brogdon — potentially putting the team in a tough spot when it comes to locking up Oladipo in the summer of 2021.”

Now, it’s hard to say how many moves teams will be able to make once the league calendar resumes. The coronavirus pandemic is causing the NBA to take a massive financial hit. By the time it’s all over, the salary cap, free agency and trades are sure to be impacted.

And there is no reason to believe the Pacers have any desire to move on from Oladipo. If the Knicks really wanted to land him, the package almost definitely would need to include their lottery pick — and even that may not be enough.

But as Begley noted, it is something worth keeping an eye on once things start back up. The Knicks don’t want to rebuild anymore, and in order to avoid it, they will need a star player. Oladipo is someone who fits that description.

Sam Amico covers pro basketball for Sports Illustrated. Follow him @AmicoHoops.