The Indiana Pacers will be headed to an offseason with no shortage of major decisions needing to be made. Finding a new head coach will be a priority, but so will resolving the Victor Oladipo situation. Could the Los Angeles Lakers look to capitalize?
With Oladipo entering the final year of his contract, the Pacers will need to engage in extension talks and see if an agreement can be reached. If that doesn’t end up resulting in a deal, Indiana could look to move on from the two-time All-Star.
As the Pacers showed during the Paul George situation, they likely would prefer to send their star player to the Western Conference as opposed to an inner-conference rival. The Lakers could benefit from that similarly to the Thunder when many thought the Pacers didn’t receive sufficient value.
The idea of the Lakers managing to add a third star that can help run pick-and-rolls, defend, and catch-and-shoot is intriguing to think about. Could taking a risk on a trade for Oladipo be the answer?
There is real question about what kind of trade value the Pacers can receive for Oladipo. Considering he has not yet looked like an elite player since his return from injury and that he’s in the final year of his deal, it’s hard to envision teams willing to give up substantial compensation.
With that, let’s examine three trade packages that would send Indiana Pacers star Victor Oladipo to the Los Angeles Lakers.