Pacers’ Victor Oladipo ‘not sure’ if he’ll be ready to participate in training camp
Oladipo is still recovering from a ruptured quad tendon in his knee. The All-Star suffered the injury on Jan. 23 against the Toronto Raptors.
Oladipo said he will soon return to his offseason base in Miami and then come back to Indianapolis for the start of training camp in September. He doesn’t know whether he’ll be an immediate participant in camp, however.
“I’m not sure yet,” he said. “We’ll have to wait and see.”
Oladipo averaged 18.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.2 assists while shooting 42.3 percent from the field, 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 73.0 percent from the free-throw line before getting hurt. The team will be cautious with Oladipo since he’s the franchise player in Indiana.
The Pacers acquired Malcolm Brogdon from the Milwaukee Bucks, T.J. Warren from the Phoenix Suns and signed Jeremy Lamb, T.J. McConnell and Justin Holiday in free agency this summer. Indiana lost Thaddeus Young to the Chicago Bulls, Wesley Matthews to the Bucks and saw Darren Collison retire from the NBA.
The Pacers, without Oladipo, got swept by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the 2019 playoffs.