Victor Oladipo expected to be ‘higher priority’ than Chris Paul for Knicks

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The Indiana Pacers could end up looking to move on from Victor Oladipo in the NBA offseason. Meanwhile, the Oklahoma City Thunder will look to rebuild and Chris Paul could be on the move. This could present an opportunity for the New York Knicks.

The situation with Oladipo is a bit of a complicated one. The relationship between he and the Pacers organization has been off ever since his torn quad tendon injury. For other teams, a buy-low opportunity to take a gamble on a two-time All-Star could be an option.

According to Chris Berman of New York Post, the Knicks are expected to prioritize Victor Oladipo over Chris Paul when it comes to the trade market in the offseason. The Pacers could be enticed by some of the assets and players New York has to offer in a potential deal.

“One NBA personnel man said Dallas’ two first-round picks (2021, 2023), Julius Randle and Dennis Smith Jr. or Frank Ntilikina could whet the Pacers’ appetite. The 28-year-old Oladipo made the All-Star teams in 2018 and 2019, but could have lost explosiveness after tearing a tendon in his knee late in the 2018-19 season. Oladipo didn’t look sharp upon his return.”

It’s clear the Knicks will have to make some real changes in the offseason. They have consistently failed to hit on their selections in the NBA Draft and are left with underwhelming prospects and underachieving recent veteran signings.

There are other potential options for teams in the market for acquiring a star player and Chris Paul from the Thunder certainly is on the list. However, the Knicks are too far away from contention to make a trade for a 35-year-old guard be a priority over a younger option like Victor Oladipo.


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