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Hoosiers in the NBA: Victor Oladipo signs new deal, Juwan Morgan traded to Pacers

It is the free agency period in the NBA, and already two former IU basketball stars have been impacted.

Former Indiana star guard Victor Oladipo has reportedly agreed to an $11 million one-year deal to stay in Miami, according to Shams Charania of the Athletic.

The 30-year-old Oladipo spent most of the last two seasons recovering from a quad tendon injury that ultimately required two surgeries.  He played in just eight regular season games in 2021-22 for the Heat.  But his play in those games plus the playoffs was enough to convince Pat Riley and the Heat to give him a $2.7 million raise.

Oladipo was an NBA All-Star caliber performer before his injury, and there were signs of that ability in the spring.  He averaged 12.4 points a game in the regular season, and then 10.6 per contest with some key moments in the playoffs.

Meanwhile, former IU star forward Juwan Morgan appears to be headed back to Indiana.

According to a Friday report by Adrian Wojnorawski of ESPN, Morgan is part of a trade involving the Pacers sending Malcolm Brogdon to Boston for multiple players and a first-round draft choice.

According to the report, the Pacers are trading Brogdon to Boston in exchange for Daniel Theis, Aaron Nesmith, Nik Stauskas, Malik Fitts, Morgan, and a 2023 first-round pick.

Earlier this week it was reported that the Celtics had picked up their option on Morgan for next season.

Morgan’s contract remains non-guaranteed, and he doesn’t have a guarantee date before early January, when all contracts through the league become guaranteed. The option is worth $1,815,677.

The 25-year-old Morgan previously signed a 10-day deal with Boston in late March and then a standard contract on April 9.

During Boston’s playoff run to the NBA Finals, Morgan appeared in nine games, averaging 1.7 minutes per game.

Morgan has now been in the league for three seasons.  He’s appeared in 52 games and averaged 1.5 points per contest.

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