Miami Heat Might Lose Victor Oladipo to NBA Arch-Rivals Dallas Mavericks

Published 07/11/2021, 11:55 AM EDT
Apr 1, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat guard Victor Oladipo (4) attempts a three-point shot during the second quarter of a game against the Golden State Warriors at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports


The Miami Heat, after representing the East in the NBA Finals last year, looked to make roster additions at the deadline. With Pat Riley pulling the strings, Miami pulled off a trade for guard Victor-Oladipo, doing away with Avery-Bradley and Kelly-Olynyk. With Oladipo at the rear-end of a 4-year $85-million deal, both parties looked for immediate impact in terms of title contention.

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But, as the events of the season played out, Miami found themselves without the all-star guard, who had suffered yet another quadriceps injury! And following a first-round sweep to the Bucks, Riley and the front office now face multiple questions this off-season.

Apr 1, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat guard Victor Oladipo (4) dunks on a fast break during the first quarter of a game against the Golden State Warriors at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports

The Victor Oladipo dilemma

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Miami traded away key role pieces in the bargain for Oladipo. However, Heat culture is yet to offer a long-term offer to the injured all-star. Will the front office’s hesitancy to offer Oladipo a long-term offer given his record see the all-star run it back with Miami for on a 1-year deal? Or will a lucrative deal from a rival franchise see him move yet again?

Regarding Oladipo’s future, reports have emerged via sportswriter Evan Massey about a potential shift to the Dallas Mavericks to join Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis. The Mavericks, who came painstakingly close to beating the L.A. Clippers in the first round, ran out of partners to surround Luka as he carried them to a Game 7.

And, at the right price, the Mavs are favored to pull off the Oladipo signing to deepen their roster. But, they won’t be able to avail of the all-star’s services until December, as he continues to go through the motions in recovery.

Dipo would be a good pickup for Dallas. Being a consistent scoring option, his ability to drive the basketball combined with facilitation matches him well with Doncic. Oladipo averages 17.8ppg/6.2rpg/3.9apg in 16 games in his playoff career while shooting it at 40% from the field.

The road ahead for Heat Culture

The million-dollar question for president Pat Riley and the management will surround Oladipo’s future with Heat-Nation. Interestingly, both Dallas and Miami have also been rumored to be viable destinations for free-agent superstar Kawhi Leonard.

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Does making Oladipo an offer, in the long run, seem a viable option, especially given the free agent’s injury-prone history? Does Miami offer him a 1-year deal with the option for an extension later this year? Or do they hold their cards, and pitch for a big name to recreate their 2019-20 finals success?

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Nikhil Naik

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Nikhil Naik is an NBA writer at EssentialySports. Having completed his bachelor's degree in Hospitality, he has worked with the Indian Hotels Company Limited, at the Taj in Mumbai. Nikhil has been playing basketball since 2014.

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