Indiana Pacers shooting guard Victor Oladipo is expected to play in the team’s first scrimmage.
Coach McMillan on if he expects Vic to play in our first scrimmage: "I do. He's going through the practices and he's looking good. Our first scrimmage is Thursday and we'll see how our guys feel and get them minutes accordingly."
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) July 20, 2020
Before the Pacers arrived at Orlando, Oladipo said he wasn’t going to play in the season’s restart.
However, after partaking in team practices at Walt Disney World, Oladipo changed his mind. The 2018 Most Improved Player of the Year is feeling good and his surgically repaired quad has healed to the point where he now feels comfortable playing in the “bubble” games.
The Pacers are in fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings with a record of 39-26. The team’s first scrimmage game is on Thursday and then the eight seeding games will start on July 31. Indiana will face the Philadelphia 76ers, Washington Wizards, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat (twice) and Houston Rockets in the seeding games.
Oladipo appeared in 13 games for the Pacers in 2019-20 before the season was suspended in March. He averaged 13.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists while shooting 39.1 percent from the field, 30.4 percent from beyond the arc and 78.0 percent from the free-throw line.
Unless the Pacers sign him to an extension, Oladipo will become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2021. SNY’s Ian Begley reported last month that Oladipo and Indiana had contract extension talks before the 2019-20 campaign began.
However, Oladipo was supposedly upset with the offer the Pacers gave him and talks ended there.