Pacers Issue Surprising Victor Oladipo Injury Update
The Pacers issued a surprising Victor Oladipo injury update on Wednesday.
Apparently Indiana is expecting their talented guard back at some point over the course of next month.
Oladipo had surgery in late January of this year to fix a ruptured quad tendon in his right knee. He has subsequently spent the better part of 2019 rehabbing from that.
According to ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, Oladipo is looking at a return timetable of late January or early February.
The talented 27-year-old was selected with the second overall pick by the Orlando Magic in 2013.
After spending time with the Magic, he joined Russell Westbrook on the Oklahoma City Thunder.
OKC promptly traded Oladipo to Indiana in the Paul George deal, and he enjoyed a career year with the Pacers.
Last season, in 36 games, Oladipo averaged nearly 19 points per game.
“Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo is hopeful to return to the lineup by early February — and perhaps as soon as late January — from a ruptured right quad tendon,” Wojnarowski wrote.
“Oladipo’s looming return to the Pacers — which will partner him with All-Star candidate Malcolm Brogdon in the backcourt — could ultimately become the most significant addition to an Eastern Conference contender around the NBA’s trade deadline, which is Feb. 6.”
The Pacers are currently 21-10 through 31 games, good for fifth in the Eastern Conference.
With a healthy Oladipo back on the roster Indiana will undoubtedly be in contention for homecourt advantage in the playoffs.