Victor Oladipo, the former Orlando Magic shooting guard, is seeking a max extension from Oklahoma City Thunder, his new team, per a league source.
In April, Orlando sent Oladipo to Oklahoma City as part of the Serge Ibaka trade that also included Ersan İlyasova and the No. 11 pick (Domantas Sabonis).
Victor Oladipo wants to stay with OKC…
According to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, Oladipo, eligible for a new contract, is seeking a maximum extension from the Thunder. Oladipo, still on his rookie contract, was drafted No.2 overall by Orlando in 2013.
“The money crunch hits every team that spends a half-decade in the lottery. Great prospects get expensive once their rookie deals expire; you eventually have to shed someone. Utah is staring down this dilemma, and the Magic have already addressed it by dealing Harris, Harkless, and Oladipo — with the latter up for a mega-extension, and (for now) seeking the maximum salary, sources say,” Lowe wrote on Monday.
Since arriving in Oklahoma City, Oladipo has spoken profoundly about the organization, often praising Russell Westbrook and expressing a ton of excitement about the forthcoming season.
Even though Oladipo’s previous dream of playing with Kevin Durant is now far-fetched, the guard is excited about the backcourt pairing with Westbrook. “We (Westbrook and I) could do something really special. I really believe we can. I think it’s gonna be crazy to watch, crazy to be a part of. We could overwhelm guys on both ends of the floor,” Oladipo was quoted as saying by The Oklahoman.
The Kevin Durant effect…
Prior to free agency, Oladipo spoke of his budding friendship with Durant, revealing that he often texted the former MVP. “If I get the opportunity to play with him, it’d be phenomenal. I feel like we could do something special,” Oladipo said of Durant in July.
Despite Durant’s departure to Golden State, Oladipo is excited about the young Thunder roster that would be led by Westbrook, Steven Adams, Enes Kanter and Andre Roberson. “There’s a lot of long, athletic guys on our team. A lot of guys who are very good at what they do. Very talented. Looking forward to just adding to that,” Oladipo said recently while talking about his new teammates.
Oladipo also praised new coach Billy Donovan, who many felt was the best coach of the playoffs. “I’ve known Billy since I’ve been in college actually. He recruited me, but kinda late. So he didn’t get a chance to get me. But when we first talked, he said, ‘I couldn’t get you in college, but I got you now.’ I love his intensity as a coach, love how he builds relationships with players. Love his offenses.”
Victor Oladipo averaged 16.0 points, 3.9 assists and 4.8 rebounds last season.