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Victor Oladipo sends great tweet ahead of free agency

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Aug 12, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo before a NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

NBA free agency is officially set to begin on Thursday evening, and veteran point guard Victor Oladipo seems excited about what it will bring for him.

Hours before the start of free agency, Oladipo tweeted a meme featuring a quote from “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory.” The quote reads, “How quickly they forget, but soon they will remember.”

The message from Oladipo seems obvious. The two-time All-Star was one of the best players in the NBA a few years back, but injuries have derailed his career. He played in just eight games for the Miami Heat during the regular season this year but saw his role increase during the playoffs.

Oladipo played 23.0 minutes per game and averaged 9.7 points during the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics. He scored 23 points and hit 4-of-7 three-pointers in Game 4. He has shown flashes of the player who was a star with the Indiana Pacers, but his health will always be a concern.

From the sound of it, Oladipo feels healthy and ready to make a big impact for whichever team signs him.

Kings could sign key player away from top contender?

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October 29, 2014; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive celebrates during the second quarter against the Golden State Warriors at Sleep Train Arena. The Warriors defeated the Kings 95-77. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Sacramento Kings have had literally one All-Star (DeMarcus Cousins) in the last 18 years combined. But they could have a shot this offseason at a player with multiple career All-Star appearances already under his belt.

Kings insider James Ham wrote this week that there are rumors that Miami Heat guard Victor Oladipo is looking for a short-term contract this summer. Ham adds that Sacramento has been mentioned a possible landing spot for Oladipo, who is an unrestricted free agent.

Oladipo, 30, has a lengthy injury history and did not debut for Miami last season until the final month of regular season play. But he got good run for the No. 1-seeded Heat in the playoffs, managing postseason averages of 10.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 2.1 assists in 24.5 minutes a game during Miami’s Eastern Conference Finals run.

While Sacramento is about as much of a free agent destination as Bismarck, North Dakota (a city that, to clarify, does not have an NBA team), Oladipo has some (indirect) familiarity here. He played with Kings star Domantas Sabonis in both Indiana and Oklahoma City and was also teammates at various points with other Sacramento players such as Moe Harkless and Justin Holiday.

If the Kings were to sign Oladipo, it would be a not-insignificant blow to the Heat. The former No. 2 overall pick provides Miami with nice scoring punch off the bench, which could be extra valuable next season since the current Heat sixth man appears to want something more.

Victor Oladipo, Jimmy Butler respond to Skip Bayless’ report about them

Victor Oladipo in a black shirt

Aug 12, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo before a NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Victor Oladipo and Jimmy Butler reacted on Sunday night to Skip Bayless’ report about them.

Bayless, a loud talking head for FS1, said on TV last week that Oladipo was not in Miami’s playoff rotation due to Butler having an issue with him.

“I was told he’s got some personal issue with Victor Oladipo,” Bayless said of Butler.

Butler and Oladipo must have learned of the report, because they brought it up on Sunday night.

After their Heat beat the Atlanta Hawks 110-86 to take a 3-1 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series, both Butler and Oladipo poked fun at the report.

“Tell them how I much I hate you,” Butler jokingly said to Oladipo in his postgame media session.

Oladipo joked back that “Jimmy hates me.”

Oladipo didn’t play in any of the first three games of the series. But with his Heat up big in Game 4, Oladipo got to play 23 minutes and scored six points.

Oladipo not seeing minutes in the playoffs is more likely related to the Heat tightening things up for the postseason. Additionally, Oladipo only returned from his injury in March and has played in just eight games. He’s just not in sync with the guys who have been playing for the Heat all season.

Victor Oladipo was absent from Heat team photo for odd reason

Victor Oladipo in a black shirt

Aug 12, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo before a NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Victor Oladipo pulled a Clay Aiken and went invisible for the Miami Heat’s official team photo on Saturday.

The Heat guard was noticeably absent from the team’s 2021-22 snapshots, which were taken a day ahead of their playoff opener on Sunday. All other players, coaches, and staff were present for the photo, even including two-way players Javonte Smart and Mychal Mulder.

Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reported the reason for Oladipo’s absence — the veteran guard did not make it in time for the photo, which was taken before practice. Oladipo was on time for and participated in practice however.

The two-time All-Star was indeed seen shooting around at practice.

Oladipo returned from injury for the Heat in March. He had his best game of the year in the team’s regular season finale, scoring 40 points (albeit as Miami rested most of their regulars). Oladipo is on a one-year deal though and will be a free agent after the season.

It is not clear why the Heat did not wait until Oladipo arrived to take the photo or even hold the session after practice instead. Regardless, at least this is not the weirdest thing to happen with an official team photo.

Report: Heat could get key weapon back soon

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The Miami Heat could be getting a key weapon back in time for the postseason.

Victor Oladipo has been out since last April due to a quad injury. He underwent surgery on his right quadricep tendon in May 2021 and has been recovering ever since. A report in January said that Oladipo might be ready to return in February.

This month is nearly ending, but Oladipo is still close to a return.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Friday that Oladipo could make his season debut within the next two weeks.

Oladipo was acquired by Miami in a trade deadline deal with Houston last year. He only played in four games for Miami before reinjuring his quad. The 29-year-old former No. 2 overall draft pick is on a one-year, minimum deal with the Heat.

Oladipo is a good scorer and has averaged 19.8 points per game during his career.

Photo: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Heat could soon get unexpected boost to their lineup?

Erik Spoelstra

The Miami Heat are now the No. 1 team in the Eastern Conference, and the good news may not end there for them.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reported on Tuesday that Heat guard Victor Oladipo was moving around well during a “vigorous” recent practice session, hitting jumpers and running without any visible limp. The report adds that it would not be a surprise if Oladipo returned at some point in February, which was the original expectation of the Heat.

While the Heat may have been anticipating Oladipo’s return, this news likely comes as an unexpected development to rival teams and especially to fans, many of whom might have forgotten that Oladipo was even on the Heat.

The two-time All-Star Oladipo continues to recover from right quadriceps tendon surgery last May, his second such procedure in a two-and-a-half year span. He re-signed with the Heat on a one-year deal this past offseason and has largely gone off the radar as he rehabs. One of the last updates we heard about Oladipo came back in September (though it was a fairly positive one).

The 30-17 Heat look formidable right now and have six players averaging double-digit points per game this season. Oladipo almost certainly cannot be expected to recapture his prior All-Star form. But his return would give Miami even more depth (and could make this potential trade candidate more expendable as well).

Photo: Feb 20, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra on the sideline against the Atlanta Hawks in the second quarter at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Victor Oladipo ahead of schedule in his recovery

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Few are expecting anything at all from Victor Oladipo next season, but he may be on track to surprise you.

Greg Sylvander of Five Reasons Sports Network reported this week on the “Five on the Floor” podcast that the Miami Heat guard is ahead of schedule in his recovery from right quad surgery.

“Sources close to Oladipo’s process throughout summer have maintained that he’s ahead of schedule and that there is an expectation surrounding him that he could be hooping by December,” said Sylvander. “That’s a completely different timeline than I had been conceptualizing as somebody following this team. I was looking at more like the All-Star break.

“So the fact that he is advancing and looking like he is ahead of schedule and should be able to play basketball,” he added. “Let’s just say Christmas. I’m throwing out an arbitrary date in December for instance. That’s so much sooner than I was counting on Oladipo.”

Oladipo, 29, was acquired by the Heat at the trade deadline last season but made just four appearances for them before hurting his knee on a dunk. The former All-Star then underwent season-ending surgery in May on his troublesome quad, which he first tore in Jan. 2019.

The Oladipo era in Miami will continue for at least another season after he signed a one-year minimum contract to return to the Heat this offseason. The team is fairly strong in the backcourt after signing Kyle Lowry to go along with Tyler Herro and the re-signed Duncan Robinson. But Oladipo could definitely give the Heat another gear to hit, and it sounds like he is getting antsy to make his return too.

H/T Heat Nation

Victor Oladipo seems to be looking for a girlfriend

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Miami Heat star Victor Oladipo is growing tired of the single life and is now on the hunt for love.

Oladipo, who was traded to the Heat in March and later had season-ending surgery to repair his right quadriceps tendon, took to Twitter on Friday to voice his frustration.

The revelation came shortly after Drake released his much-anticipated new album, “Certified Lover Boy.” Oladipo and other NBA stars were quick to pick it up, but clearly some of the lyrics got into their emotions a bit.

Or at least that appears to be the case with Oladipo.

Oladipo had previously been linked to Instagram model Natalia Castillo, but dismissed those rumors prior to being traded to Miami. He declared himself single at the time and that apparently remains the case six months later.

Oladipo’s tweet sparked quite a debate in his comments. Some inquired about potentially dating the 6-foot-5 millionaire, while others took a much different tone.

Victor Oladipo could be cleared by November after quad surgery

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Victor Oladipo’s quad injury was apparently quite severe, but the doctor who operated on the Miami Heat guard is optimistic about a rather quick and full recovery.

Oladipo underwent season-ending surgery on May 13 to repair his latest quad issue, and the doctor who did the operation was surprised he was able to play through the injury in the first place.

“I repaired the quad tendon and did it a little differently than [he had] it done before,” orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jonathan Glashow told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. “The quad wasn’t really hooked up. It was torn, and I reattached it. I was amazed he was playing with what he had. I’m very optimistic that I could clear him in six months, by November. I think he’s going to play really well again.

“[The surgery] went extremely well, and it’s healing beautifully. I’m confident he’ll play next year.”

Oladipo is headed into free agency, so this should be a big relief. That’s especially true in light of some of the speculation about his recovery time.

It’s also interesting that the doctor who operated on Oladipo this time around seemed to suggest that something wasn’t done quite right on Oladipo’s previous surgery in Jan. 2019. Oladipo already seemed to have a difficult relationship with his former team, and that might not help matters.

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Victor Oladipo could miss entire 2021-22 season?

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Victor Oladipo saw his season come to an end this week when he underwent surgery to repair a torn quadriceps tendon. Unfortunately, the Miami Heat star is expected to be out much, much longer than just the remainder of this year.

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst said on his “Hoop Collective” podcast Friday that Oladipo may not play at all during the 2021-22 season.

“They haven’t announced it, but there’s a good chance Oladipo’s gonna miss all of next season,” Windhorst said, via Tim Daniels of Bleacher Report.

The Heat acquired Oladipo from the Houston Rockets at the trade deadline in a much-heralded deal, and the guard was meant to help solidify the starting backcourt. He appeared in just four games before suffering the torn quad.

Oladipo averaged 19.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.6 assists in 33 games this season in time spent between the Heat, Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers.

Oladipo, 29, is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason. It will be interesting to see how the injury impacts his market. He has been plagued by injuries in the past, and there were already indications that he may have trouble landing a big-money deal this offseason.

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