Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reported Tuesday that “it wouldn’t be a surprise” if Victor Oladipo returns “at some point in February.” Jackson said that Oladipo “lofted jumpers in a vigorous workout, running without any visible limp.”
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At the Miami Heat’s media day before training camp in September 2021, Oladipo said, “I really don’t know” when asked whether he would play before the All-Star break. This year’s All-Star Game will take place Sun, Feb. 20.
In May 2021 — after just four games as a member of the Heat — Oladipo underwent surgery to repair his partially torn quadriceps tendon. He re-signed with Miami in the off-season on a one-year, minimum deal.
Before the season, I said that Max Strus and Caleb Martin would compete for minutes at the backup swingman position until Oladipo returns. But Martin has excelled as a small-ball four and may even stay in that role if and when Markieff Morris returns. Strus has also exceeded expectations. Gabe Vincent has even emerged as a capable backup point guard to Kyle Lowry.
Because of Strus, Vincent and Martin, Oladipo will need to prove he can play at a high level to keep a rotation spot. If he looks limited after two season-ending knee surgeries in 29 months, Oladipo may find minutes hard to come by.