Oladipo Chooses To Have Surgery, Ending His Heat Season – CBS Miami
MIAMI (AP) – Victor Oladipo’s season is over and the two-time All-Star and former All-NBA selection could consider another lengthy rehabilitation before he can get back on the pitch.
The Miami Heat announced on Wednesday that Oladipo had decided to have surgery on his right quadriceps tendon. There’s no schedule for recovery, but surgery like this usually has a rehab period of several months – meaning his status seems uncertain, at least at best, for the start of the next season.
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The quad tendon is the same one he injured as a member of the Indiana Pacers in 2019, an injury that paused him for an entire calendar year.
Oladipo will be operated on in New York on Thursday. He’s a free agent this summer after turning down a two-year $ 45 million extension from Houston earlier this year – the maximum his former team could have offered at the time – apparently in hopes of a longer-term one and achieve more lucrative renewal deal this summer.
He was taken over by Miami on March 25 and played only four games for the Heat after the close of trading with Houston. He averaged 12 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in these games and ended the season averaging 19.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.6 assists.
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Oladipo has wanted to be part of the heat for years and even maintains an off-season home and training base in Miami. He is close to former Heat star Dwayne Wade and has heard his name often in connection with the heat in trade or free agent conversations in recent years. Oladipo said after the deal that he believes Miami is his best fit.
“Coming from high-cultural basketball: DeMatha Catholic High School to Indiana University and I’m in the heat now,” Oladipo said after the deal. “It’s a culture. It’s a way of life and it plays for something bigger than you. It is sacrifice, it wins at the highest level. I’m used to that. That’s where I thrive. “
Oladipo injured his knee in the fourth quarter of Miami’s win against the Los Angeles Lakers on April 8. He had 18 points in 25 minutes and seemed to be doing something against the knee at 5:51.
He was retired one possession later, no one knew at the time that his season was over.
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