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Heat ‘likely backed away’ from Oladipo trade talks

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ESPN’s Zach Lowe made the report.

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We’re covered the possibility of Victor Oladipo coming to the Miami Heat a lot here. And in his recent mega-preview of the NBA offseason, ESPN’s Zach Lowe added a tidbit about Miami’s interest in the former All-Star.

Lowe said that it would not surprise him to see Oladipo and the Indiana Pacers discuss a contract extension because “some potential suitors, like the Miami Heat, have likely backed away.”

A few weeks ago, Brian Windhorst discussed Oladipo on his podcast. He said that he felt “Miami has their eye on bigger fish.”

As I wrote last month, this is the right move for Miami. Right now, we just don’t know if Oladipo will return to his former All-NBA level production from the 2017-18 season. It’s not worth surrendering young assets for such an unknown.

With the players association recently approving a 72-game season beginning Dec. 22, the moratorium on trades is expected to be lifted just prior to the Nov. 18 NBA Draft.