Pacers President Kevin Pritchard hopped on the Indy airwaves on Wednesday a day after "rumors" surfaced that there are "whispers" that Pacers guard Victor Oladipo "wants out" of Indiana and the Knicks could be a potential trading partner.
Of course the relationship with Oladipo was going to be a big topic throughout the conversations, and here's what the team President had to say when asked about those specific rumors and the current relationship between the two:
“I can’t imagine it being much better to be honest with you," Pritchard told afternoon drive host JMV on 107.5 The Fan in Indy.
We’re very open. We text all the time. There are many people in the building that have great relationships with him.
We want them to be all in, and I’ve heard nothing that would change my mind about Victor because I would think he would come to me first, and he’s never done that so we’re going to keep moving forward with this group and try to add some pieces to it. We feel very confident that he feels good and we feel about the relationship.”
Someone is lying somewhere, and yesterday definitely wasn't the first time that "reports" have come out about Oladipo's desire to get out of Indiana.
The line that really gets me from what Pritchard said is "I would think he would come to me first." Uhhhh....do you the 4th of July fiasco from two months ago? When Vic broke the news to Shams about him not playing in the bubble at the time? Pritchard and McMillan openly admitted that the news from Shams was how they heard of it first.
You sure about that, Kevin?
I don't buy it. That wasn't the first time Oladipo did that, either. He first told Shams before telling the Pacers about his target date from when he was going to return from his quad injury in January.
A head coach vacancy, and an all-star player with rumors swirling about their happiness. Shaping up to be another banner offseason full of moves for Indiana.