According to Michael Lee of the Washington Post, Victor Oladipo has declined a pre-draft workout for the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center.
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.
Washington still has a chance to watch Oladipo work out before June 27th, but apparently it will have to be on his terms. The former Hoosier is taking a unique approach to the draft, since he’s only participating in a handful of pre-draft workouts. Instead of visiting the respective lottery teams in their facilities, Oladipo and his agent have given teams the option of watching him workout “at DeMatha or another facility in Bowie.”
Oladipo’s name has been all over mock drafts, but he’s been slated to go anywhere from top three to late lottery. The lack of continuity on draft boards leaves Oladipo in a difficult spot, since scheduling workouts can vary for every team. Even though it would be surprising if the Wizards decide to take Victor Oladipo with their third overall pick, I’m glad they’re keeping their options open. Washington will probably entertain trade offers, since their lottery pick is the only asset they have besides John Wall and Bradley Beal.
With that said, if the Wizards decide to part ways with their pick, which is unlikely, they’ll look to acquire a pick later in the draft. Getting a look at guys like Oladipo, who may be available if the Wizards decide to trade down in the draft, is crucial. The NBA Draft is just 11 days away and the Wizards have gotten a closer look at virtually all of the prospects projected to go high, with the exception of Kansas’ Ben McLemore.
Draft preparations are winding down and all signs point to Georgetown’s Otto Porter and UNLV’s Anthony Bennett still being the top candidates for the Wizards on draft day.