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Rockets’ Victor Oladipo’s hopeful return date from foot injury revealed

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The Houston Rockets are hopeful that guard Victor Oladipo may return to the court as early as Monday, according to Kelly Iko of The Athletic. The Rockets will host the Chicago Bulls at the Toyota Center on Feb. 22.

Oladipo has been dealing with a right foot strain that has kept him out for the past three games — three Houston losses.

That timetable means Oladipo will likely miss Houston’s upcoming clash with his former team, the Indiana Pacers, set for Saturday.

The Rockets acquired Oladipo from the Pacers as part of the Jan. 13 four-team mega-deal that sent James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets and Caris LeVert to Indiana. LeVert is yet to play for the Pacers as he recovers from a cancerous growth on his kidney.

Oladipo has averaged 18.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 4.9 assists per game in nearly 31 minutes since his arrival in H-Town. However, he’s shooting just 38.6 percent from the field and under 30 percent from three-point range.

The Rockets are 5-6 with Oladipo and 2-5 without him.

At 11-17, the Rockets currently occupy the no. 13 spot in the Western Conference. If they remain at the bottom of the standings, the franchise may explore dealing the former All-Star for the second time this season and go into full tank mode.

Earlier this month, ESPN’s Tim Bontemps reported that the Rockets “could potentially move” Oladipo before the March 24 deadline, as well as 3-and-D forward P.J. Tucker, who is on an expiring contract.

Oladipo, 28, is playing for the Rockets in the final year of the four-year, $85 million contract he signed with the Pacers in 2017.