UPDATE: Victor Oladipo has decided to undergo season-ending surgery on his right quadriceps tendon. The surgery will take place tomorrow in New York. There is no timetable for his return at this time.— x - Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) May 12, 2021
This news means that Oladipo will only have played four games in a Heat uniform before hitting free agency this off-season. After the Heat seemingly pulled off a heist in the Oladipo trade — just giving up Kelly Olynyk, the oft-injured Avery Bradley and a 2022 pick swap — the injury muddies the waters.
Last month, he sought medical opinions with the team’s consent, and the team’s short press release specifically points out that Oladipo himself decided to proceed with the surgery. This is the same right knee the former All-Star guard injured in January of 2019 when he suffered a torn quadriceps tendon as a member of the Indiana Pacers. This also marks the first time the Heat has specified the injury as being located on the right quadriceps tendon. Injury reports for subsequent games vaguely described Oladipo as having right knee soreness (with no timeframe to rejoin the team).
If there is an upside for Miami, it’s that the team has his Bird rights and can sign him to a modest contract. Who would’ve thought Olynyk would command a bigger contract this off-season than Oladipo, who turned down a two-year, $45 million extension in February? Olynyk has shot with incredible efficiency in Houston.
Oladipo was acquired by the Heat in a trade with the Houston Rockets on March 25. He appeared in four games with Miami averaging 12.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.75 steals and 27.8 minutes and finishes the season with averages of 19.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.39 steals and 32.7 minutes in 33 games (all starts). He suffered the injury in his best game with the Heat, having scored 18 points in 25 minutes on an efficient 5-8 shooting.
For the Heat, we know what their rotation will be in the playoffs — a starting lineup of Kendrick Nunn, Jimmy Butler, Duncan Robinson, Trevor Ariza and Bam Adebayo with a bench rotation of Goran Dragic, Tyler Herro, Andre Iguodala and Dewayne Dedmon.