Victor Oladipo May Return as Soon as January

Victor Oladipo May Return as Soon as January
Thu 26th December 2019

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, league sources told ESPN.

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.

Oladipo, an All-Star last season, has undergone an arduous rehabilitation program after rupturing the quad tendon 11 months ago. He has been ramping up on-court workouts with the Pacers in recent weeks.

The Pacers are 21-10, only 1½ games behind second-place Boston in the Eastern Conference standings.

Oladipo had his best NBA season in Indiana in 2017-18 after a trade from the Oklahoma City Thunder, averaging 23 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.4 steals.


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