The Miami Heat announced that Victor Oladipo will miss the team’s upcoming four-game road trip and will undergo further evaluation. The Heat will visit the Portland Trail-Blazers, Phoenix Suns, Denver Nuggets and Minnesota Timberwolves on their road trip starting Sunday night.
The Heat say Victor Oladipo will not be accompanying the team on its West Coast road trip and will be further evaluated.— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) April 9, 2021
Oladipo sustained a knee injury in the fourth quarter of last night’s win over the Los Angeles Lakers and did not return.
Victor Oladipo went to the locker room and was ruled out for the remainder of the game after this dunk.— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 9, 2021
Hope he's OK pic.twitter.com/EpR86c8W9f
It was an unfortunate turn of events for Oladipo, who had played his best game in a Miami uniform until his injury. He even made a nice drive to the basket and dunked on Andre Drummond in a move reminiscent of his play from 2018.
Oladipo will be a free agent this off-season. Miami’s deadline day trade for him for Kelly Olynyk, Avery Bradley and a 2022 pick swap turned the rest of the season into a trial run for the Heat to see whether Oladipo merits a max contract. Sustaining a potentially serious injury so soon in his tenure with Miami could make Pat Riley look askance at the prospect of paying him big money.
With Oladipo now out, the Heat may go back to starting Kendrick Nunn.