Victor Oladipo still has no timetable to return to Pacers
Oladipo is recovering from a ruptured quad tendon in his knee. The Pacers star suffered the injury on Jan. 23 against the Toronto Raptors.
The NBA preseason is just three weeks away and there is still no definitive timeline on when Indiana Pacers star Victor Oladipo will return.
“He’s not playing live but he’s moving. He’s in a good position mentally,” Pacers head coach Nate McMillan said. “He feels that everything is going well. I like what I see with him. … He’s doing great. He’s not doing any live contact, still in that rehab stage of working with the trainers.
“I just know (opening night on Oct. 23) he probably won’t be there. The time frame, we have no idea of when he will return.”
Victor Oladipo averaged 18.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.2 assists for the Pacers last season before he got hurt. The high-flyer shot 42.3 percent from the field, 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 73.0 percent from the free-throw line.
Indiana got swept by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the 2019 playoffs without Oladipo. The Pacers struggled to score the ball in the fourth quarter without their closer.
In need of scoring while Oladipo rehabs his knee, the Pacers acquired Malcolm Brogdon, T.J. Warren and Jeremy Lamb this summer. All three guys can score the ball pretty well.
Brogdon put up 15.6 points per game last season, Lamb averaged 15.3 points and Warren notched 18.0 points per contest.