A healthy Oladipo would be a huge benefit to the Pacers as they look to make a playoff run. Expect him to test out that quad, and it sounds like he may well play as long as things go off without any trouble.
With Victor Oladipo’s 2021 free agency nearing, new information appears to be emerging about his relationship with the Indiana Pacers.
Pacers reporter Scott Agness wrote Thursday that the former All-Star guard had a fractured relationship with the team following his quad injury in Jan. 2019. Agness does add though that the relationship has improved over time.
Oladipo, 28, returned from the injury this season after missing over a year but did not quite look like himself. He originally opted out of the Orlando bubble but is now considering playing, leading to a dispute with the NBA over the $3 million in salary that he has left for the season. The Pacers, however, are fully supporting Oladipo and are willing to pay the disputed amount.
“It’s no surprise that they backed me and they support me,” Oladipo was quoted as saying. “I’m just thankful that they got my back.”
The seven-year NBA veteran does appear to have made significant headway in bridging the gap between him and the Pacers. But with another bigger-name team looming as a likely free agent suitor in 2021, it is worth wondering if Oladipo’s relationship with the Pacers has improved to the point that he would want to stay with them for another few years.
Victor Oladipo said earlier this month that he was likely going to sit out the resumed NBA season in Orlando out of fear of suffering an injury, but the Indiana Pacers star has had a change of heart.
Oladipo has been taking part in scrimmages in Orlando with the Pacers, and a report on Monday indicated there is optimism he will play when the regular season resumes on July 30. After practice on Wednesday, Oladipo confirmed there is a good chance he will play.
“My body is feeling good,” Oladipo said, via Joe Vardon of The Athletic. “It was hard for me to assess where I was at … with Corona and all of that, I couldn’t really control it. There’s a possibility I could play.”
Oladipo took things a step further and said there is a “strong possibility” he will be on the court if his body continues to respond well to workouts.
Oladipo missed a full year after suffering a ruptured quad in January 2019 and was just starting to get back into the swing of things before the season was postponed. In 13 games this year, the star guard has averaged 13.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists. Oladipo played in just 36 games last year before suffering the torn quad. He admitted that he was not back to full strength yet before the season was shut down.
The Pacers have a chance to make a playoff run, as they are 39-26 and currently the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference. Having a healthy Oladipo in the lineup could make them a sleeper in Orlando.
Victor Oladipo said earlier this month that he was leaning toward not participating in the resumption of the NBA season out of fear of suffering an injury, but the Indiana Pacers star may have had a change of heart.
Oladipo has been taking part in scrimmages in Orlando with the Pacers and there is now optimism that he will play again this season, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Oladipo has been fully participating in five-on-five scrimmages in Orlando, and there’s now optimism around his playing status, sources say. https://t.co/bJ8OLRjmIA
Oladipo said recently that he wants to join his teammates in Orlando but is concerned about the risks involved, including the possibility of suffering a soft tissue injury. The star guard missed a full year after suffering a ruptured quad in January 2019 and was just starting to get back into the swing of things before the season was postponed.
In 13 games this season, Oladipo has averaged 13.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists. The former No. 2 overall pick played in just 36 games last year before suffering the torn quad. He admitted that he was not back to full strength yet before the season was shut down.
The Pacers have a chance to make a playoff run, as they are 39-26 and currently the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference. Having a health Oladipo in the lineup could make them a sleeper in Orlando.
The Indiana Pacers may actually get Victor Oladipo back for the resumed NBA season in Orlando.
Oladipo initially said in early July that he did not feel comfortable participating in the restart as he continues to work his way back from a quad injury. However, he made the trip to Orlando with his team and has been practicing with them. Things have gone well enough that he is now reconsidering.
The Athletic’s Shams Charania says there is a growing belief that Oladipo will try to play and there is “optimism” surrounding his status.
There is growing belief Pacers star Victor Oladipo will attempt to play in the NBA’s restarted season after multiple strong team practices in Orlando, sources inside the bubble tell @TheAthleticNBA@Stadium.
Oladipo missed a full year with his injury. When he returned before the NBA shutdown, he averaged 13.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game in 13 games. He admitted that he was not all that close to full strength in those games, which likely helped account for his modest stats.
Oladipo’s Pacers are 39-26 and occupy the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference standings. They went 32-20 without him in the lineup this season.
Victor Oladipo began his NBA career in Florida, and he may be returning there at his next opportunity.
J. Michael of the Indianapolis Star reported this week that “the strongest preliminary indication” is that Oladipo’s next team could be the Miami Heat. Michael also added on Twitter that it’s “not a big secret” that the two sides may have mutual interest.
… there’s more to it beyond those things. Not a big secret inside basketball circles.
Oladipo, the Indiana Pacers guard, opted out of the resumed NBA season to continue rehabbing his quad injury, which he came back from in January to underwhelming results. He will be an unrestricted free agent in 2021.