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Pacers guard Victor Oladipo’s rehab going better than expected, could be back by December or January

Victor Oladipo, Pacers

The rehab of Indiana Pacers shooting guard Victor Oladipo is going better than expected and the All-Star could be back in the Pacers’ lineup by December or January, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Oladipo suffered a ruptured quad tendon in his right knee on Jan. 23 against the Toronto Raptors.

Oladipo averaged 18.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game for the Pacers in 2018-19, all while shooting 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 sans Oladipo, as they struggled to score the ball in the fourth quarter.

Oladipo won the 2018 Most Improved Player of the Year award. The high-flyer was seen running for the first time since his surgery last week.

The Pacers have to make some good moves in free agency this summer. Indiana desperately needs another dynamic scorer on the roster so the offensive burden doesn’t fall on Oladipo’s shoulders as soon as he returns from his knee injury.

It will be interesting to see what Indiana decides to do with point guard Darren Collison, who becomes an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Ricky Rubio, who won’t be returning to the Utah Jazz after the Mike Conley trade, is said to be a player the Pacers have interest in.