Victor Oladipo won't be with the Heat for the Pacers' home opener Saturday
Victor Oladipo will not be making the trip to Indianapolis with the Miami Heat for the Pacers' 2021-22 home opener Saturday, according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel. It's not unusual for an injured player to remain at home during a road trip. No timetable has been announced for Oladipo's return after May quadriceps surgery.
Oladipo has yet to play against the Pacers since he was traded to the Houston Rockets in January for Caris LeVert. A Pacers-Rockets game was canceled due to weather in Houston on Feb. 20 and Oladipo sat out a Heat-Pacers game on March 31, making his debut for the Heat the next night.
But Oladipo only appeared in four games with Miami, hasn't played since April 8 and had quadriceps surgery in May. He first injured the quadriceps in January of 2019 playing for the Pacers.
"I repaired the quad tendon and did it a little differently than it (was) done before," Dr. Jonathan Glashow told ESPN following the surgery in May. "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 has averaged 19.7 points on 40.3% shooting, 31.2% on 3s, 4.7 assists and 4.5 rebounds in 24 games since the Pacers traded him. He signed a $2.4 million, one-year contract with the Heat this off-season.
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