Should the Indiana Pacers elect to move guard Victor Oladipo, the Brooklyn Nets could be one of the teams interested in the services of the two-time NBA All Star. In the summer of 2019, the Nets made huge free agency moves when they signed two-time NBA champion Kevin Durant and six-time NBA All Star guard Kyrie Irving.
Irving missed a good part of this past season due to injuries, while Durant missed the entire season recovering from an Achilles injury suffered in the 2019 NBA Finals. “I think the most likely trade on the board would be that he goes to Brooklyn for Caris LeVert and say one of the young guys — either Dzanan Musa or Nic Claxton or one of those guys.
Deal basically matches up money-wise. The Pacers get a younger guy under team control for a while, who’s cheaper even though he’s not a lot younger," Tim Bontemps said while discussing the possible landing spots for Oladipo on ESPN’s “Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective” podcast, as quoted on Yahoo Sports.
The Nets adding Oladipo makes sense
The Nets are considered as one of the top favorites for next year's NBA title but they would love to add a third star. Oladipo, the second overall pick of the 2013 NBA draft, averaged 14.5 per game this past season but his action was limited since he was returning from an injury.
“The Nets are clearly going to be aggressive going into this offseason to try to add talent KD and Kyrie [Irving], and I think making a run at Oladipo, to me, makes a lot of sense for them," Bontemps added. Meanwhile, the Pacers have announced that they have hired Toronto Raptors assistant coach Nate Bjorkgren as their new head coach.
"We are very pleased and excited to have Nate as our new coach," Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard said in a statement released by the team, per ESPN. "This was an extensive and thorough search, and when we reached the conclusion, we felt strongly Nate is the right coach for us at the right time.
He comes from a winning background, has experienced championship success, is innovative and his communication skills along with his positivity are tremendous. We all look forward to a long, successful partnership in helping the Pacers move forward."
Bjorkgren, who was a member of the 2019 Raptors team that won the NBA title, hopes to lead the Pacers to an NBA Championship. "I am honored to take on the role as head coach of the Indiana Pacers," Bjorkgren said in a statement.
"This is something I have prepared for during my career. I want to thank Kevin, Chad (Buchanan), Kelly (Krauskopf), Larry Bird, Donnie Walsh, and Herb and Steve Simon for this opportunity. I also want to thank Nick Nurse for giving me my first professional coaching job 14 years ago. "I'm looking forward to working with this great team to achieve our goal as NBA Champions."