Victor Oladipo could return in November after quad operation


Unrestricted free agent Victor Oladipo could return to full-contact basketball as early as November, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

Oladipo suffered surgery on May 13 to repair his right quadriceps tendon. It’s the same tendon he injured in January 2019, which ended his season in 36 games that year and limited him to 19 games last season.

This could positively affect Oladipo’s free agent status – if the teams are satisfied the prognosis is correct. Oladipo would certainly have been one of the hottest names on the market if he hadn’t hurt the quad again.

The heat saw Oladipo as a key cog for another deep playoff run. Oladipo was also hit with a right knee injury which caused him to miss several games.

Orthopedic surgeon Dr Jonathan Glashow, who performed the last surgery, told Wojnarowski he was surprised Oladipo played NBA basketball due to the condition of the tendon. Oladipo appeared in just four games after Houston traded him to the Heat.

Miami treated Avery bradley and Kelly Olynyk, and also accepted a first-round selection swap in 2022, for Oladipo. He refuse a two-year, $ 42.5 million extension offer from the Rockets in February.

“The quad was not really connected. It was torn and I put it back in place. Glashow said. “I was amazed he was playing with what he had. I am very optimistic that I could eliminate it in six months, by November. … I am convinced he will play next year.

The Heat and Oladipo will hold talks about his potential future in Miami, per Barry jackson from the Miami Herald.

Oladipo “would love” to come back and Miami hasn’t ruled out the possibility, Jackson adds. He will rehabilitate the injury under the supervision of Heat’s medical staff and Dr Glashow, Wojnarowski adds.

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