Warriors should not trade for Victor Oladipo, Haberstroh says


Victor Oladipo has not publicly demanded a trade from the Indiana Pacers, but there are rumblings that he is looking to find a new NBA home this offseason.

If he requests out -- or if the Pacers on their own accord decide to search for a deal -- should the Warriors put together a proposal?

"I would stay very far away from this situation," NBC Sports NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh told NBC Sports Bay Area's Grant Liffmann last week. "Victor Oladipo is much closer to Isaiah Thomas 2.0 than the Victor Oladipo of old. 

"After that really bad quad injury, I haven't seen (a player) that would command anything that the Warriors should give up in a trade for a guy who is looking at a contract year to prove that he can be a front-line scorer."

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Oladipo, who is scheduled to make $21 million in 2020-21 before becoming an unrestricted free agent, suffered a ruptured quad tendon in his right knee on Jan. 23, 2019, and did not return until Jan. 29, 2020.

The 28-year-old averaged 14.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 0.9 steals over 19 regular-season games last season, while shooting just 39.4 percent from the field and 31.7 percent from beyond the arc.

In Games 2 through 4 of the Pacers' first-round NBA playoff series against the Miami Heat in the Orlando bubble, Oladipo averaged 22.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.7 steals, while shooting nearly 38 percent from 3-point territory. So he did somewhat resemble the player who was named Third-Team All-NBA in 2017-18.

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But any potential reservations about his health are fair and justified. 

"Not having a single dunk in the postseason and having only four all season, that's really concerning for me from an athletic standpoint," Haberstroh added. "I just don't know how much you can expect out of Oladipo."

The Warriors possess the rights to the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft (scheduled for Nov. 18), and also own the Minnesota Timberwolves' 2021 top-three protected first-rounder (which becomes unprotected in 2022).

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