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Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN provided a breakdown:
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Indy largely agreed on Cavs-Nugs 3-way (GHarris/Lyles/Cavs FRP). Gilbert/George planned to get on call before Indy took OKC deal. Gilbert comments seemed to be on Indy bailing on deal, not Oladipo. Ironically, Gilbert wanted VO in 2013, but deferred to front office on A. Bennett. https://t.co/q2lqW0yxkW
Oladipo could have been a Cavalier and helping Cleveland in the playoffs, or at least still in the Western Conference, but is now the team’s biggest adversary in the first round of the 2018 postseason.
Jason Lloyd of The Athletic previously discussed the 2013 draft from the Cavs’ perspective, noting Oladipo was a favorite of Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, but the front office voted 9-1 to draft Anthony Bennett No. 1 overall. Then-general manager Chris Grant was the holdout who wanted Ben McLemore.
Bennett only lasted one season with Cleveland before being traded to Minnesota, and he is already out of the league after four years. Meanwhile, Oladipo is in the midst of a breakout in his fifth season, earning his first All-Star selection while averaging 23.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and a league-best 2.4 steals per game.
“I would say Indiana could have done better than they did,” Gilbert said in July, per Chris Haynes of ESPN.com.
Oladipo said after Game 1 that he used these words as motivation for his huge year.
“You could say it fueled the fire,” he said Sunday, per Tom Withers of the Associated Press.
After all of the roster drama, what is left is a surprisingly tough Pacers team that is now up 1-0 on the favored Cavaliers heading into Wednesday’s Game 2.