— The Ringer (@ringer) October 21, 2020
If Oladipo gets back to his old self, he could be a swing piece that elevates a contender—a legitimate three-level scorer, a capable pick-and-roll ball facilitator, and a hard-nosed perimeter defender who can lock down top options and wreck game plans. That guy’s worth mortgaging future pieces to elevate your existing core. But if he’s not that guy to the degree he was during that one magical season—and, it’s worth noting, only during that one season—then how can a would-be contender feel confident bundling its best assets for him? Given what we have (and haven’t) seen over the past two years, why would the Nets give up Caris LeVert, who might just straight up be a better player right now, for Oladipo? Why would the Heat give up Tyler Herro, nearly eight years Oladipo’s junior, for a player who might not meaningfully change their ceiling?