‘Victor Oladipo to Miami Heat’ rumors are going off after the Pacers star was seen having a friendly chat with Heat stars Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler.
Victor Oladipo has had an interesting journey regarding the NBA bubble so far.
The Pacers star made a 180 degree u-turn after initially refusing to play in Orlando after missing a whole year due to injury to suiting up for his franchise to lead them to a high playoff seed.
Now, the 2-time all-star has ignited some trade rumors after he was spotted having an uber-friendly conversation with several stars from the Miami Heat. The Miami Heat have cleared some cap space and are in the market to recruit one or two all-stars in the upcoming seasons.
With Oladipo a free agent next season, his post-game antics last night seem a little more interesting.
Oladipo to Miami Heat?
Fans supporting the Heat could already be salivating at the prospect of seeing Oladipo team with Butler and Adebayo with the 3 all-stars being further supported by proven young shooters in Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson
The NBA has tightened up their tampering rules as several players have tried to recruit stars in the midst of the season. However, the Pacers guard was caught having a friendly chat with the stars leading to banter across social media platforms.
Will the NBA see this as tampering though? They can’t really prove it unless they have an audio tape for the conversation, can they?
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All the teams in the league are expected to clear cap space for reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo as the star searches for a franchise where he could spend his prime years and win multiple championships during his career.
Miami Heat is also in the race to bag Giannis as the franchise looks to bring back the NBA title to the south beach. With Butler, Adebayo and Oladipo in the ranks, the Heat will fancy their chances of forming a formidable force in the east in the years to come and replicate the Big 3 of James, Wade and Bosh.
Miami Heat and their past decade
The next couple of trade seasons could change the landscape of the league entirely with several superstars like Giannis Antetokounmpo, LeBron James and Anthony Davis coming on the free-agency market.
The Miami Heat have been floundering ever since LeBron James left for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the summer of 2014 after losing the NBA finals to the Spurs that season.
The trio of LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh led Miami to 2 championships in four years with the squad appearing in four straight NBA finals from 2011-2014.
Post their departure, things have gone south for Miami Heat, as they have found it difficult to come up with goods without their superstars. Jimmy Butler has restored some pride, as they have been performing well this season. However, they need at least one more superstar to join the side in order to challenge for the NBA title.
The Pacers and Heat will clash again during the last round of the seeding games as the franchises battle it out for the fourth seed in the East. With the 76ers lagging behind, the franchises might end up clashing in the first round itself with the winners expected to set up a second round clash against Giannis and his Bucks.