Oladipo did have a great peak, but I fear his best is well past him. He's a mediocre shooter (over the last two seasons he's been a plain bad shooter), his athleticism isn't what it was and he's becoming more turnover prone.
It seems to me that Oladipo had one fluke year in 17/18. He was awesome that year, but he wasn't awesome before that and he had regressed big time the following year before he got hurt. He hasn't looked nearly as good as Hayward other than that one year.
If the Pacers want Hayward the Celtics should not be giving them three draft picks and Langford. Turner doesn't help them as much with Sabonis and Oladipo wants out. Send Kanter and the 30th pick for taking him as salary filler.
Then try to flip Olidepo for a better fit as a 4th or 5th option and a bench piece.
Iím an Oladipo believer. I think heís better than Hayward when healthy. Heís basically a combination of Smart and Hayward. If we add Turner for basically free, to me itís a steal.
I agree about trying to hold on to both Langford and #14, though.
I disagree. Oladipo has better career averages, a higher peak, and always has been a better defender.
For my mind he needs to take a leaf out of DeMar DeRozan's playbook and hone in on his passing if he wants to age well. Jimmy Butler too. Acknowledge that the athleticism is waning, and transition from a decent passing 2 guard like DeRozan and Butler were into legitimate point-forward type passers.
Oladipo has already recovered to being better than where Hayward was in 2019. Another off-season of recovery, and thereís no reason to think he wonít be back to a near approximation of himself. In the first half of last year, he was an all-star.
Quad injuries are similar to ACLs. Players are usually significantly better in their second year back.
That may well be the case, Iím definitely not too familiar with quad injuries.
If he can return to being an 18PPG guy on ~45% from the field and ~36% from deep Iíd be happy to bring him in. His guard defence alongside Smart and Brown would be fearsome.
If our medical team was confident in his return to form Iíd probably more want to move Kemba than Hayward (longer salary, positional clog, etc.) and start Oladipo-Brown-Hayward-Tatum.
I really dislike Turner though. If we could turn it into a 3 team deal where we donít get Turner but rather get a big on a similar contract (JV for example) Iíd be on board