The Indiana Pacers will be among the 22 teams that will take part in the resumption of the NBA season at Disney World. One of the main storylines heading into the return is whether Victor Oladipo will elect to play or not.
As it currently stands, Oladipo is with the Pacers in ‘The Bubble’ at Disney World and has fully participated with the team in practices. He recently expressed during a conference call with reporters that he’s ‘definitely trying to play.’
There is another storyline to watch relating to Oladipo and the Pacers. According to Pacers reporter Scott Agness, both sides had a ‘fracture in the relationship’ after his torn quad tendon injury in Jan. 2019.
The Pacers fully support Oladipo and whatever he decides, although they haven’t always been on the same page. There was a fracture in the relationship after his injury in Jan. 2019, per sources. It has improved over time. And it’s good that the team has two executives down there, Kevin Pritchard and Chad Buchanan, to assist during this situation.
The relationship between the Pacers and Oladipo appears to be in a strange place as of late. The two-time All-Star told Shams Charania about his original intent to sit out before he alerted the front office of his organization.
With Oladipo entering a contract year and already have suffered a significant injury, it’s reasonable for him to want to take a cautious approach. However, ruling himself out so early when the plan was to test things out in Orlando was premature.
Let’s not forget, the Pacers had made an offer for a contract extension to Victor Oladipo but it was just for four-years worth $80 million deal. There are questions that need to be sorted out in terms of his long-term future with the team.
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