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Victor Oladipo

Victor Oladipo just dropped a new album, and it seems he will have time to promote it. Given the fact Indiana isn't followed as much, the fact that Oladipo hasn't been playing with "knee soreness" didn't get a lot of attention (and speculation). He played his last game on November 17th and had missed eight games since.

In the beginning, Oladipo was listed as day-to-day with knee soreness. This is not uncommon and indicated that this was a precaution and managing wear-and-tear. Then on December 3rd, Pacers sent out an update (via NBA.com): "The Indiana Pacers announced Friday that Victor Oladipo would be out indefinitely as he continues to deal with a sore right knee. Further updates will be provided when warranted."

A few things are worth pointing out here. For starters, no diagnosis was mentioned except "sore right knee." This means either the Pacers are not sure what's the problem or they know and don't want to make it publicly known at the moment. Both options can't be good news. Second, there is no timetable here. Vagueness is never good, and this implies there are disagreements within the Pacers on how to proceed. We've seen how injury disputes can go with Kawhi and Fultz; it's never good.

Then this tweet by Corey Elliot happened on December 4th. Not good. More importantly, there was no direct response from the Pacers which would imply they don't have a direct denial of such an opinion. In the comments Elliot elaborated:

I’m not saying that I’ve been told Oladipo is out for the season. I clearly was not (see above). And I don’t have all the answers, this was simply a convo about his injury, etc. But from this particular individual, idk what they would gain from telling me that if it wasn’t true.

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And for complete context, this is the opinion of someone who understands the human body and the knee, especially. This is not on grounds of “what is Vic gonna do?” “Well, let me answer that for you, Corey.” This was more about what someone w/knowledge thinks Vic should do.

The Pacers are currently fifth in the standings and have been holing up well without Oladipo (Bogdanović has been particularly useful on offense), but there is no doubt they are not a threat in the playoffs without Oladipo. Until we get specific information from the Pacers, this will be a major question hanging over their season and the direction of the franchise.

In case Oladipo has to sit out the rest of the season, do they start a fire sale? After Victor, their five top played players are on the last year of their deal, and some of them would be significant assets. Thad Young ($13.7 million), Tyreke Evans ($12.4 million), Bojan Bogdanović ($10.4 million), and Darren Collison ($10 million) would all get the Pacers value in return. Indiana has $60 million committed next year so getting assets for these players, a nice draft pick and having almost two max slots next summer isn't such a bad thing.

P.S. Oladipo dropped his first album, and it's...well, here's a quote from one of the songs:

Overstep my boundaries, end up under you, deep inside of you
Baby, you the truth, yeah, ayy
This what I’ma do, get you in the mood
Then get them clothes up of you, you, you, you, you, you

Maybe that's how he injured his knee?

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