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Monday, July 13, 2020

Thunder reach agreement with Victor Oladipo on four-year extension

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With one half of their backcourt duo launching a nightly triple-double rampage on the league, the Oklahoma City Thunder just locked in the other half for the next few years.

According to a report by Shams Charania of The Vertical on Monday, the Thunder have reached agreement with guard Victor Oladipo on a four-year extension worth $84 million.

Oladipo, 24, was acquired by the Thunder in the Serge Ibaka trade this past summer. He averaged 16.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game for the Orlando Magic in 2015-16.

Reports began to circulate over the weekend that Oklahoma City was closing in on extensions for both Oladipo and center Steven Adams. While it’s not exactly the max extension Oladipo may have been hoping for, it’s still quite the rich payday, even perhaps a little too rich. The former No. 2 overall pick does a bit of everything well, but he struggles to finish at the rim, is an average three-point threat at best, and hasn’t quite lived up to the defensive billing he had coming out of college at Indiana.

Nevertheless, Oladipo is already showing strong chemistry with Russell Westbrook and still has a lot of room for improvement at such a young age as OKC looks to solidify their new core of players post-Kevin Durant.

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