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After a second surgery in 28 months to repair his right quadriceps tendon, Miami Heat guard Victor Oladipo could be cleared to return to full contact basketball as soon as November, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jonathan Glashow told ESPN. Glashow performed the procedure on May 13, and expressed surprise that Oladipo had been even able to play NBA basketball with the previous state of his tendon. Glashow did not perform the January 2019 procedure on Oladipo.
“I repaired the quad tendon and did it a little differently than (he had) it done before,” Glashow told ESPN. “The quad wasn’t really hooked up. It was torn, and I re-attached 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.”
In fact, Oladipo said the Rockets – who made their largest-allowable offer – presented the deal as, “We know you’re not going to accept it, but we still want you to understand that we want you here.” That money will be difficult for Oladipo to recoup now. Traded to the Heat, Oladipo underwent surgery on his right quad tendon. That’s the same injury that sidelined him more than a year with Indiana. Brian Windhorst of ESPN: “They haven’t announced it, but there’s a good chance Oladipo is going to miss all of next season.”
JD Shaw: Heat guard Victor Oladipo underwent successful surgery today on his right quadriceps tendon, per the team. There is no timetable for his return at this time.
Barry Jackson: Spoelstra said Oladipo surgery in New York today was successful and “for his career, it made the absolute most sense to take care of this now” even though he had hoped to avoid surgery.
Barry Jackson: Timetable for Oladipo return (not this season of course) is not yet known by Heat or Oladipo. Fact no rupture was diagnosed is obviously a positive. But doctors must perform surgery (tomorrow in New York) before timetable for return becomes much clearer.
Scott Agness: Victor Oladipo is having surgery on his right quad tendon — the same one he ruptured in Jan. 2019. This time, it’s being done in NYC. He visited a specialist there last month.
Anthony Chaing: Per the Heat’s release: The surgery will take place tomorrow in New York. There is no timetable for his return at this time. Oladipo decided himself to have the surgery, but the Heat was in agreement with his decision.
Barry Jackson: Per source, Oladipo’s tendon isn’t ruptured, like the last time he had this surgery. That raises hope of return sooner than last time he had the surgery, when he was out a calendar year.
Barry Jackson: Spoelstra again declines to say if Oladipo will play again this season. Only four regular season games left. Oladipo had hoped to return this season but nothing has materialized to this point and all parties are declining to discuss the matter.
Tim Reynolds: Jimmy Butler and Tyler Herro are questionable for tomorrow. Victor Oladipo remains out.
Anthony Chiang: When asked about Victor Oladipo’s status for the rest of the season and whether he has been working behind the scenes, Erik Spoelstra said there’s no update on Oladipo’s status. Oladipo will miss his fifth straight game game today because of right knee soreness.
Anthony Chiang: Jimmy Butler has been ruled out of today’s game vs. Nets with a sprained ankle. Andre Iguodala is available. Victor Oladipo also out.
Ira Winderman: Heat injury report for Friday at Minnesota: Victor Oladipo (knee soreness) out. Andre Iguodala (hip soreness) questionable. Gabe Vincent (knee soreness) probable.
Asked directly on Saturday night if Oladipo will play again this season, coach Erik Spoelstra declined to say. Spoelstra, following the team’s practice in Portland, said he had no update on Oladipo and that the Heat is still in the “information gathering stage right now. I don’t have a new update. He’s not with us on this trip and he won’t be with us [Sunday]. I don’t have any new information.”
He had an MRI on Friday, but the Heat and Oladipo have declined to release the results. X-rays taken after Thursday’s game were negative. Spoelstra declined to discuss his conversation with Oladipo but said “he really wanted to be with us and this team and we really like what he brings to our group. He complements who we are and what we do already so much on both sides of the floor. You do feel for guys, particularly this time of the year. The competition is going to another level. Players want to be out there.”
Barry Jackson: I asked Spoelstra if Oladipo will play again this season. He declined to answer directly, reiterating that he has no update and Heat still gathering information on the injury.
Scott Agness: X-ray on Victor Oladipo’s right knee came back negative, league source told @FieldhouseFiles. He has an MRI scheduled for Friday.
Ira Winderman: Bam Adebayo said he believes Victor Oladpio is “OK.” Adebayo called it “a little scare” and said Oladipo was in good spirits postgame,
Ira Winderman: Victor Oladipo revealed tonight that a strength deficit between his legs remains, “One leg is stronger than the other. So I have some hypertrophy in one leg than the other. So working my way back and finding my balance is something I’m continuing to work at.”
If Oladipo returns Monday, his first game with the Rockets and first game back after getting hurt Feb. 11 will both be against the Bulls. The first time, he had to jump in with little preparation time or even familiarity with his new team and scored 32 points with nine assists. He has struggled since, and especially in recent weeks, missing four of the Rockets past five games and leaving the game he did play after 20 minutes. In his past four games played, all Rockets losses, he made 21 of 62 shots and just 5 of 24 3-pointers, averaging 13.8 points per game.
If getting him back is the first priority, getting his offensive game back in gear could be next. “It’s very important,” Silas said of having the weekend practices to hone Oladipo’s place within the Rockets offense. “He was able to be on the floor (on Friday) when we were kind of cleaning up our offense, putting in things. Hopefully, he’ll be able to practice one of these next couple of days. We have to make sure he’s able to get to where he wants to be on the offense end.
Houston led Thursday’s game by six points at halftime, but Miami outscored them by 18 during a disastrous third quarter — headlined by the injuries to Oladipo and Tucker. In postgame comments, Silas did not have a definitive answer on the status of either injured player. “Victor’s gonna get checked,” Silas said. “Hopefully his injury isn’t too bad. He is a big part of what we do, and one of the reasons that we’re a top-five defensive team in the NBA is Victor Oladipo. Offense will come.”
Malika Andrews: Victor Oladipo is available for today’s game against Miami, the team says.
Ira Winderman: McMillan sounds as if Oladipo will play in Thursday’s Game 2, “He went through the walkthrough today. We’ll make a decision on him tomorrow.” McMillan said he did not hear or know about a Pacers assistant trying to bait Jimmy Butler.
Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo left their 113-101 loss to the Miami Heat early after being poked in the eye on Tuesday, and had to visit the on-campus clinic for further evaluation. Initial tests, however, showed “no immediate concerns” and he is now listed as day-to-day, a good sign for the Pacers. “He wasn’t saying much,” said Malcolm Brogdon, who put up 22 points and 10 assists in the loss, via ESPN. “He was just saying he got hit in the eye, and we just got to wait to see if he’ll be back next game.
Nick Friedell: Nate McMillan says Victor Oladipo went to the hospital to get his eye checked out. The Pacers are awaiting the results.
J. Michael Falgoust: Oladipo is at the hospital, per McMillan #PacersHeat
Clutch Points: Victor Oladipo is questionable to return after getting poked in his left eye, per @StephanieReady. pic.twitter.com/6t4KFIFdDy
Scott Agness: No official announcement yet about whether Victor Oladipo will play in the restart. He practiced today.
J. Michael Falgoust: McMillan on Oladipo: “He’s going through full practices. There’s no restrictions on him. He hasn’t sat out any practices.” #Pacers
J. Michael Falgoust: McMillan on if he expects Oladipo to play in any of the 3 scrimmages: “I do. He’s going through the practices. He’s looking good. We’ll see how our guys feel.” #Pacers
The Pacers fully support Oladipo and whatever he decides, although they haven’t always been on the same page. There was a fracture in the relationship after his injury in Jan. 2019, per sources. It has improved over time. And it’s good that the team has two executives down there, Kevin Pritchard and Chad Buchanan, to assist during this situation. “It’s no surprise that they backed me and they support me,” Oladipo said of the organization. “I’m just thankful that they got my back.”
While Oladipo’s rehab was negatively impacted by the coronavirus, he had an advantage over many because he has a personal physical therapist — who was among the 35 individuals on the Pacers’ traveling party to Disney, by the way — access to a gym and weights in his garage. If he needed something more, he could have elected to remain in Indianapolis during quarantine, with the practice facility at his disposal, rather than going to his home to Orlando. Twice he mentioned not having the resources to truly test his knee, referring to playing against competition in a group setting. But neither have most players.
Meanwhile, Oladipo is proceeding with caution — and he should. This is his livelihood and he must make the most of it, both in terms of his production on the court and earnings that come as a result. Assuming he is healthy and confident enough to play, Oladipo then has to decide what is best for his career. He has said for more than a year that his focus is on the macro, on playing in the league for the next 10 years.
All-Star guard Victor Oladipo plans to ramp up activity with the Indiana Pacers starting next week and evaluate his repaired torn quad tendon prior to making a final commitment to playing in the season’s restart in Orlando, he told ESPN on Saturday. Oladipo, 28, is hopeful to return to play with the Pacers, but wants to limit the risk of significant injury after returning in January from a full year of rehabilitating the torn right quad tendon.
“I feel a whole lot better,” Oladipo told ESPN. “I know there’s risk going into it with the unique situation that I’m in — being off so long and trying to ramp it up that fast. I’ve just got to be smart, that’s all.” The Pacers have been cautious and working cooperatively with Oladipo throughout his rehab and return, and plan to continue closely monitoring and managing his recovery with the looming restart.
Adrian Wojnarowski: All-Star guard Victor Oladipo plans to ramp-up activity with the Indiana Pacers starting next week and evaluate his repaired torn quad tendon prior to making a final commitment to playing in the season’s restart in Orlando, Oladipo told ESPN on Saturday. Story soon.
Oladipo has tried to look at the bright side of the situation and views quarantine like “almost getting a second chance.” “I had the opportunity to look at it two ways: negatively or positively. At the end of the day I chose the positive outlook on it,” Oladipo said. “I’m just using this opportunity to give me time to get healthy and continue getting stronger.” “I’m definitely optimistic and definitely thankful for where I’m at right now,” he added. “I just have to continue to keep working hard and staying ready.”
J. Michael Falgoust: Oladipo has swelling and soreness after a major surgery. He’s not hurt. There’s a difference. Still working out pregame #PacersBucks pic.twitter.com/vv9iifXmit
Indiana Pacers: Update: Victor is OUT for tonight’s game.
Joe Gabriele: Per Coach McMillan: Victor Oladipo (ankle) is a game-time decision for tonight.
Scott Agness: Victor Oladipo (back tightness) shot around today and didn’t feel like he was ready to go. Both he and Edmond Sumner (sore hip) won’t play vs Hornets.
Scott Agness: Victor Oladipo (back spasms) won’t play tonight in Toronto. Edmond Sumner (sore hip) also out. So look for Aaron Holiday to once again go from DNP to starter. Tough circumstances for the Pacers as their attempts to build chemistry continue to be interrupted.
Scott Agness: He’s back.
Mark Montieth: McMillan says @Victor Oladipo picked his return date, with approval of Pacers staff. Coming off road trip with 7 of next 8 at home seemed like the right time. Bulls could be a forgiving foe tonight with Wendell Carter Jr., Lauri Markkanen and Otto Porter Jr. out.
J. Michael Falgoust: Oladipo will play for first time since Jan. 23, 2019 but come off bench. 24 min restriction #PacersBulls
NBA Central: Victor Oladipo will make his season debut tomorrow vs Chicago pic.twitter.com/fXYGnllMCB
J. Michael Falgoust: McMillan only will say Oladipo will play and be restricted min thru All Star break where they’ll revisit his playing time #PacersBulls
Victor Oladipo remains on track to return to the court next Wednesday when the Pacers take on the Bulls, a source tells Hoops Rumors. Oladipo, who has spent time this month in the G League rehabbing, hasn’t played since January of last year after he ruptured his quad tendon in his right knee, but has had January 29 circled on his calendar for the last few weeks.
Shams Charania: Pacers star Victor Oladipo tells @Stadium he plans to make season debut on Jan. 29 against Chicago and discusses emotions returning from yearlong absence after torn quad tendon in knee. Stay tuned for my full sitdown. pic.twitter.com/lmzwsKmwav
John Karalis: Pacers announce they’ve assigned Victor Oladipo to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants for today’s practice. He’s getting closer
Scott Agness: Nate McMillan watched Mad Ants practice yesterday, which included Victor Oladipo. McMillan didn’t have any notable takeaways other than how “He hasn’t had any setbacks. And I think that’s the big thing when a guy is going through rehab.”
Scott Agness: Pacers assigned Victor Oladipo to the Mad Ants for the fifth time since Nov. 12. The Mad Ants are practicing in Indy both today and Tuesday.
Indiana Pacers All-Star 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 tell ESPN.
How did they contact you? Was it easy to convince you to do the show? Victor Oladipo: They contacted me through my recording team. It was a no-brainer to me because I just wanted to do something different. Obviously this summer was a little different for me because of my injury.
The Indiana Pacers announced Saturday they have assigned guards Victor Oladipo and Edmond Sumner to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, their affiliate in the NBA G League. Oladipo and Sumner will participate in practices only with the Mad Ants today, Tuesday and Wednesday as part of their rehabilitation.
Scott Agness: Victor Oladipo (quad rehab) and Edmond Sumner (fractured right hand) will not be on the Pacers’ five-game road trip. They will join the Mad Ants for practice next week. Summer, who has been out since Oct. 28, has been cleared for live action.
Scott Agness: Oladipo spoke for 5 minutes but remains evasive in his answers. Still no timeline, but he’s playing most days, scrimming full court and without rest. “I don’t think there’s anything I can’t do in life so I guess y’all will be the judge when I come back.” McMillan: He looked OK.
The Indiana Pacers announced Sunday they have assigned Victor Oladipo to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, their affiliate in the NBA G League. Oladipo will practice with the Mad Ants Sunday afternoon in Fort Wayne and will be recalled after practice.
J. Michael Falgoust: This is an offday after a back to back. #Pacers are traveling to Brooklyn for a game Monday. Therefore, to get Victor Oladipo practice time, theyve assigned him to the Mad Ants again and he’ll be recalled after he gets work in with them. Standard operating procedure
Rod Beard: #Pacers center Myles Turner is questionable tonight vs. #Pistons. Victor Oladipo, Jeremy Lamb, Goga Bitadze and Edmund Sumner all are OUT. #DFS
Oladipo was upbeat and calm after ramping up his participation during the Pacers’ practice session at St. Vincent Center. Having been relegated to non-contact drills since the beginning of training camp, he was given the go-ahead to jump into controlled halfcourt scrimmages for the first time. That marked a major step forward in the rehabilitation process related to the torn quadricep muscle he suffered in a game against Toronto on Jan. 23.
“I hadn’t played in 9 1/2 months,” he said, chuckling at the thought. “It felt good just being out there. Making a pass, shooting a jumper…shooting a floater, a layup…something. It feels good to be out there. Feels like I never left, honestly.”
McMillan offered no analysis of Oladipo’s play on Saturday other than to say he “looked good,” and said doctors are not offering a timetable for a return. “You never know,” McMillan said. “I know he’s working hard to get himself back. I’ve been watching him all summer long and I’ve never seen anyone attack the rehab as hard as he has. He’s working extremely hard every day to get back better than he was.”
Scott Agness: Victor Oladipo participated in halfcourt 5-on-5 for the first time since his injury. He went about 30 minutes. “Good,” McMillan said, his face saying more than his words. “He looked good.”
And McMillan made sure the “half-court” distinction was clear in his announcement Friday, one day after Oladipo was absent from practice while getting a check-up with his doctors regarding his injury. “He’s been doing some things 1-on-1,” McMillan said. “But this is a good sign. “They’re going slowly to try to work him into being able to go every day, but it’s good news to know he’ll be able to participate in that first part of practice.”
Scott Agness: Still no updated timeline-to-return for Oladipo. They plan to evaluate him in 5-on-5 half-court at practice for several weeks. This is just another step in his road to recovery.
Jason Anderson: Injury report for Kings. vs. Pacers Kings: OUT–Harry Giles III (left knee soreness), Tyler Ulis (right groin strain). Pacers: OUT–Victor Oladipo (right knee rehab), Goga Bitadze (right ankle sprain). QUESTIONABLE–TJ Leaf (right quad strain), CJ Wilcox (right quad strain).
While Victor Oladipo avoids specifics about his recovery from a surgically repaired right knee, he participated in everything except scrimmaging when the Indiana Pacers opened training camp Saturday. “He spent the first 20 to 30 minutes of practice going through drills,” said coach Nate McMillan, who was briefed by the medical staff last night on Oladipo’s progress after a torn quad muscle Jan. 23. “Nothing with contact. Basically the warm-up part of practice. That was good enough for me to see him out on the floor with his teammates.”
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August 1, 2021 | 9:39 am EDT Update
Michael Scotto: The Brooklyn Nets will tender a qualifying offer to forward Reggie Perry, league sources told @hoopshype. Perry will become a restricted free agent. He was a two-way player for Brooklyn last season.
Hollinger: I’ve heard a lot of different stuff, but if I had to bet on one outcome, I think it ends with an offer sheet from the Bulls that the Pelicans decide to match after Kyle Lowry signs with the Mavericks. At the end of the day, Ball is both young and good, and having him on a multiyear deal on the same timeline as Zion and Ingram is still New Orleans’ best option. Keeping him also lets them re-sign Hart and use their full mid-level exception — and hopefully build the team in a more organic way than relying on the cap-space fairy to save them.
With Ball’s ties to the Los Angeles area, there will always be speculation about him making a potential return to the West Coast. With Russell Westbrook going to the Lakers, the Clippers are obviously the only team we should focus on here. There have been some rumors about the Clippers having interest in Ball to fill their hole at point guard. Reggie Jackson was incredible during their playoff run last year, but I’d imagine the Clips have some interest in getting younger and a little more athletic in the backcourt.
Tatum is healthy now and is also coming off his best game in a Team USA uniform, with 27 points and five 3s in a 35-point win over the Czech Republic Saturday night. Tatum was terrible in that exhibition win over Spain (3-of-9 shooting) and in the Olympics-opening loss to France (3-of-9 shooting); he scored 17 but was 2-of-7 from 3 in the 54-point win over Iran. “I don’t know,” Tatum said Saturday night, when asked why he thought he’d gotten off to a slow start. “New environment, new basketball, different style of basketball, the rules are different, playing on a new team, it’s a lot of things. But I was never worried, never concerned. I knew that shots would fall eventually and start to feel good about yourself, and then it’s just basketball.”
Spain is much closer in that department and has the discipline to run an offense that could exploit some of Team USA’s defensive switches. Unless Tatum is back to his old self, and the Americans we’ve seen in the last two games are the collective pieces of a set that is not going to suffer another setback. Any more of those, and the gold medal chase is over. These games really count now. “Our confidence never wavered,” Tatum said. “We understood that it wasn’t gonna be easy. We didn’t have our full team until four days ago, five days ago, so we knew that we had a lot of challenges ahead of us. And we also know that we would continue to get better every day, we would get better from each game, each practice, just the more time that we spent together, we were never going to be the same team, from day one, that we are now. And hopefully we’re better this time next week than we were today.”
August 1, 2021 | 7:33 am EDT Update
Ben Golliver: 2020 Tokyo Olympics men’s basketball bracket is set. USA will face Spain, the reigning FIBA World Cup champions, in quarterfinals. If USA wins, would face Australia or Argentina in semis. – France vs. Italy – Slovenia vs. Germany — – USA vs. Spain – Australia vs. Argentina
The Chicago Bulls and forward Lauri Markkanen are open to a sign-and-trade deal, league sources told HoopsHype. One team to keep an eye on in the sign-and-trade market for Markkanen is the Minnesota Timberwolves, who’ve been searching for an upgrade at the power forward position.