I think Indy fans are jumping the gun a bit with the Vic situation. Yes, we've seen this play out before. Yes, there were some worrying signs during the bubble play. Yes, a lot of things are up in the air, not just with the team, but with the world.
That said, consider the entire situation. Vic still isn't healthy/comfortable. It seems likely he wouldn't have played if he didn't need to in order to secure his money (recall that this was the league saying this, but Indy was willing to pay him if he played or not). We unexpectedly ended up going into the bubble without our best player. Nate's coaching had clearly been an underlying issue for some players. The predictability of the offense combined with Domas being out and Vic not being in game shape caused extremely frustrating offense for fans and the team when it had to go up against a very well coached team that played hard and was more together going into the bubble.
And that's just the immediate life in the bubble stuff that doesn't touch on the craziness of the world right now. Body language is always alarming, but there are a lot of factors at play and none of us know the facts.
While not surprising, the media has been predictably awful throughout this. Vic's motivation to play was questioned. All the talk centered around him playing the team he allegedly wants to go to next year and not the series itself. Now there's rumors about several players being unhappy out of nowhere.
Maybe there's something to it, but it's literally been all people "connecting the dots." Take this tweet from Amick:
This appears to be what spurred the "rumblings" about Vic planning on leaving that other people picked up and reported on. For those who don't have access to the actual "story", here's the portion about Vic:
There’s a through line from there to the Victor Oladipo situation too, as the 28-year-old guard is one year away from free agency and rumblings had persisted that he didn’t plan on re-signing with the Pacers. Could playing for a free-wheeling coach like D’Antoni whose style has sparked so many career years for players in the past improve the dynamic here, or might the Pacers trade Oladipo this offseason before he gets a chance with the new coach? The answer, as of now, is unclear.
That's it. So yeah, it's literally nothing but speculation and Amick chose to use a vague tweet to get the clicks on his article (the entire article is short speculative summaries of what he and Hollinger predict).
J. Micheal has been bad with inside stuff on the Pacers lately too. His report that Justin Holiday didn't want to come back and that the locker room was "unhappy" was directly refuted by Holiday himself on Twitter. It seems the media is chomping at the bit to get stories while having less direct access to the teams which has resulted in shoddier and less accurate reporting than usual.