Former Indiana Hoosier and top NBA prospect Victor Oladipo might be a hometown kid, but he’s not giving the Washington Wizards a hometown discount, nor is he showing them any kind of love.
CBSSports.com is reporting that Oladipo refused to work out for the Wizards even though he is training in Bowie, Maryland.
Oladipo has also hinted that he’d prefer if the Wizards not even draft him.
According to multiple league sources with knowledge of the situation, Oladipo has declined the Wizards’ invitation to work out at Verizon Center. But Oladipo has given the team the option of watching him work out at DeMatha or another facility in Bowie, where he has been preparing for the NBA draft.
Oladipo grew up in Upper Marlboro but doesn’t expect his career to begin with his hometown team, which already has its backcourt set with John Wall and Bradley Beal. When asked about the possibility of playing for the Wizards during the NBA combine last month in Chicago, Oladipo didn’t sound as if he thought it would be the best fit.
“It would be interesting because they already have John Wall and Bradley Beal,” he said, “but I feel like if I land there, I can make an impact in whatever area they want to, and just help the team win.”
Oladipo reportedly has a rough relationship with his father, and that also is influencing his disdain for life in Washington.