Victor Oladipo Decides to Have a Season-Ending Surgery

Victor Oladipo at the GQ All Star Basketball party in 2018
Victor Oladipo at the GQ All Star Basketball party in 2018. Photo by Mediapunch/REX/Shutterstock (9420842cv)

The Miami Heat’s Victor Oladipo is heading to the sidelines once again. The two-time All-Star guard decided to undergo surgery on his right quadriceps tendon and is expected to miss the remainder of the season as a result.

The Heat confirmed the news on their social media, adding that there is “no timetable for his return at this time.”

Oladipo initially tore his right quadriceps tendon while with the Indiana Pacers in 2019. After missing a whole year of rehabbing, he returned to court in January 2020.

While Oladipo showed flashes of his former self, the injury definitely took some toll on him. He only managed to play 52 games since then while struggling to remain consistent. It also didn’t help that Oladipo was traded twice in 2020-21. 

The Pacers first sent him to the Houston Rockets as part of a James Harden trade to the Brooklyn Nets. After playing 20 games for the Rockets, Oladipo rejected the team’s extension offer, which caused the franchise to ship him to the Miami Heat.

Oladipo, who will hit the free agency in the summer, had a poor outing in Miami since his arrival and averaged just 12 points in four games. Despite this, the Heat reportedly still intend to be aggressive in their attempts to keep the 29-year-old player for 2021-22 and beyond.

Since entering the league as the Orlando Magic’s second overall pick in 2013, Victor Oladipo averaged 17.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game. He has two All-Star nods, an All-NBA Third Team selection, and an NBA Most Improved Player award, among other accolades.