Victor Oladipo Pens Down an Emotional Note for His Pacers Teammates and Fans After Trade to Rockets

Published 01/17/2021, 11:56 PM EST
Jan 2, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (4) shoots the ball over New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) in the first quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports


Ever since the trade talks around James Harden became real, at least five NBA franchises began analyzing the possible moves. It was obvious that such a huge trade would change dynamics and impact many players. That’s exactly what happened when a 4-team deal took shape and the Rockets finally let loose The Beard.

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The Rockets received guard Victor Oladipo (Pacers), guard Dante Exum (Cavaliers), and forward Rodions Kurucs (Nets) among a package of future picks. The biggest name in this trade remained the 2x All-Star Oladipo. The Pacers acquired the rights of Caris LeVert in this deal that meant to do better for everyone.

Jan 14, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Houston Rockets guard Sterling Brown (0) drives to the basket against San Antonio Spurs forwards LaMarcus Aldridge (12) and Keldon Johnson (3) in the fourth quarter at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Victor Oladipo acknowledged his good old days with the Pacers

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The Orlando Magic had picked Victor overall #2 in the 2013 NBA Drafts. He enjoyed a decent rookie season and was included in the All-Rookie team too. Later, he got traded to the OKC (2016), who then traded him for Paul George in 2017. 

The 6’4” point guard won the recognition for the most improved player in his debut season with the Pacers. After three successful seasons, when it was finally time to move to a different franchise, he was very emotional.

He penned down his feelings in a full-page post and wrote, “This one is hitting me a little differently. So as I try to process all of this, I find myself going through a range of emotions… Indiana has become my 2nd home ever since I first stepped foot on campus in Bloomington and became a Hoosier… I’m also thankful for my teammates of the last 3 years and Pacer nation, who helped and watched me grow into a two-time All-Star.”

Clearly, he is both heartbroken as well as excited about the new opportunity. 

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What will he add to the Rockets roster?

The 28-YO is slated to join the playing roster against the Chicago Bulls. Unlike Caris LeVert (who went to Pacers), Oladipo is healthy and is all set to start as a shooting guard. In the past four seasons, he has started in all but three games. Apart from his January 2019 injury, he has kept himself available since the beginning of his career.

He has great rebounding skills and can guard at any position on the court. He is a decent finisher around the rim and is really exceptional at stealing the ball as an efficient defender. All these points will certainly help John Wall to put up a more confident offense.

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Do you think the newly structured Rockets will see the light of the day?

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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