One of many main tales of the NBA offseason was the saga of Dennis Schroeder. The guard reportedly turned down a four-year contract extension from the Los Angeles Lakers value $80 to $84 million. He believed he may discover a higher deal in free company. Sadly that supply by no means got here. Schroeder ultimately settled for $5.9 million on a one-year deal from the Boston Celtics.
That is actually some humble pie, however one other guard might have missed out on even extra cash.
Victor Oladipo, the second decide of the 2013 NBA Draft, appeared to be poised to take the subsequent step in his profession. He had helped the Indiana Pacers grow to be a aggressive staff, going toe-to-toe with the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers.
However, as has been the case for big parts of his profession, the harm bug hit Oladipo. He by no means actually returned to his pre-injury kind, but he nonetheless believed he may. And so, he wager on himself.
Oladipo reportedly turned down a four-year, $112 million extension from the Indiana Pacers. He did not assume the staff was a contender and needed to play for somebody with a greater shot of successful the championship. The Pacers began purchasing him round and ultimately despatched him to the Houston Rockets within the James Harden commerce.
In Houston, Oladipo performed pretty effectively, besting his profession averages in factors, rebounds, and assists. The Rockets weren’t the title contender they’d been simply a few years earlier, although they nonetheless needed to maintain Oladipo for the long-term. They offered him a two-year, $45.2 million deal, which was probably the most they might provide on the time beneath the league’s collective bargaining settlement.
Oladipo turned that deal down, too.
After 20 video games, the Rockets despatched Oladipo to the Miami Warmth in one other commerce. However due to accidents, Oladipo performed in solely 4 video games for the Warmth. And regardless of reaching the NBA Finals in 2020, the Warmth received swept within the first spherical by the Milwaukee Bucks the next postseason.
Because the offseason started, Oladipo hoped to attain a profitable multi-season contract. Nevertheless, the free-agent market ultimately dried up as he watched different gamers rating massive cash, both by way of free company or sign-and-trade offers.
Nobody got here calling for Oladipo, although. His lone provide got here from the Miami Warmth — the veteran’s minimal value $2.4 million. Had he signed that $110 million Pacers contract, he could be making almost $30 million per yr.
I would not really feel toooo unhealthy for Victor simply but. Even with these contract snafus, he has already earned round $105 million from wage alone throughout his time within the NBA.
However clearly this season would be the final “show it” yr for Oladipo. He’s solely 28 years outdated; if he can return to kind, he might but get a much bigger deal subsequent season. But when accidents nonetheless proceed to canine him, it should be mighty laborious to abdomen what he gave up.