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Don’t expect Victor Oladipo or any other key members of the Indiana Pacers to be on the move anytime soon, J. Michael of the Indianapolis Star reported in a detailed breakdown of the team’s plans.
One source told Michael that despite a slow return from a major leg injury, Oladipo is staying put. That makes sense since Oladipo was the Pacers’ best player and biggest reason for hope before the injury.
Also, several teams inquired about Pacers center Myles Turner ahead of the February trade deadline, Michael reported, though all talks seemed exploratory.
But the Cavaliers instead landed center Andre Drummond in a trade with Detroit — and a source told Michael the Wizards were only interested in seeing if Turner might be available in the future.
(As an interesting aside, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert wanted the team to draft Oladipo with the first overall pick back in 2013, but told the basketball staff it was their decision. The basketball staff went with Anthony Bennett instead.)
— AmicoHoops (@AmicoHoopsNet) May 12, 2020
The Pacers (39-26) were tied with Philadelphia for fifth place in the Eastern Conference at the NBA hiatus on March 11. So it’s understandable that they seem to be in win-now mode and are aiming to hold onto the likes of Oladipo, Turner and All-Star forward/center Domantas Sabonis.
Still, whenever trade seasons begins, expect to hear all three names again — no matter now much the Pacers covet them. All three are clearly valuable pieces and could help put another really good team over the top.
Then again, the Pacers know that too. And according to Michael’s report, they have every intention of keeping that core together.
Sam Amico covers pro basketball for Sports Illustrated. Follow him @AmicoHoops.