Heat guard Victor Oladipo is not expected to remain with the Heat this summer, Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report writes in his latest round-up of rumors from around the NBA.
According to Fischer, the Wizards, Nuggets, and Pistons are among the rival teams believed to have interest in Oladipo, who will be an unrestricted free agent.
The Heat control Oladipo’s Bird rights, so there would be no cap-related roadblocks standing in the way of bringing him back. If he leaves, it could be a signal that the two sides don’t agree on his price point — or either the team or player simply may not have interest in continuing the relationship.
A two-time All-Star, Oladipo has appeared in just 60 regular season games since the start of the 2019/20 season due to a series of injuries related to his quad. He missed most of the ’21/22 campaign while recovering from a surgery, but showed flashes of his old self down the stretch, averaging 12.4 PPG and 3.5 APG on .479/.417/.737 shooting in eight games (21.6 MPG). The former All-Defensive First Teamer also exhibited his old versatility on defense.
Given the injury questions surrounding Oladipo, he’s unlikely to get significant multiyear offers this offseason, but a raise on last season’s minimum-salary contract looks like a safe bet. Fischer suggests a deal in the neighborhood of the taxpayer mid-level exception ($6.4MM) may be realistic.
The Heat, meanwhile, will also face competition as they try to retain other key free agents like P.J. Tucker and Caleb Martin.
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This is a blurb in an article…. it also said the most he might get offered is the taxpayer MLE… if the Heat can’t match that it means something happened with Vic last year in a negative way
Or they are planning on going after a high dollar trade
He was training in Heat gear yesterday…I’m not surprised by this though, as they have Lowry, and there are several teams that could use his playmaking/defense at guard, and he can be an attacker around shooters as well. I did think they would do a 1+1 deal in the $12-15 million range, so tax payer midlevel makes sense…the Heat having his bird rights made me think they would keep him, to be honest, whether or not Lowry was back
There are other options, as I outlined previously, but they are few, and this takes away a big part of their depth regardless b/c of his ability to fill in certain roles. It’s also possible this means they’re going to hard cap themselves by giving the full midlevel to either PJ Tucker, or someone else, and are trying to remain far enough below that line, but I’m not aware of the status of how far away from that number they would be, also factoring in other potential FAs/their own guys, mostly assuming Caleb Martin is unlikely to return as well
…well now that Denver/Washington trade makes it seem like Denver might be the team in line to sign Oladipo…
Honestly, he doesn’t fit with Herro whatsoever.
I actually think he and Lowry make Herro better, but I could see Oladipo being slightly more of a fit issue there in terms of him being a bit more of a ball stopper/attacker than Lowry. Still think it works though
That being said, with me thinking he is going to Denver, it would have been interesting to co sider a potential sign and trade if they still had Jamychal Green, even though that would have hard capped the Heat. Not important, but just mentioning b/c that would be insurance against losing PJ, but regardless help significantly at the 4 which is an issue either way
Dipo got his legs back during the playoffs
I really hope he stays
They should offer him 2-3 yr with option
called it.. Oladipo staying in Miami