After a second surgery in 28 months to repair his right quadriceps tendon, Miami Heat guard Victor Oladipo could be cleared to return to full contact basketball in November, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jonathan Glashow told ESPN.
Glashow performed the procedure on May 13 and was surprised that Oladipo had even been able to play with the previous state of his tendon. Glashow did not perform the January 2019 procedure at Oladipo.
“I repaired the quadriceps tendon and I did it a little differently than I had done before,” Glashow told ESPN. “The quadriceps was not right. It was broken, and I put it back together. I was surprised that he was playing with what he had. I’m very optimistic that he could be discharged in six months, by November. I think he is going to play really well from new.
“[La cirugía] It came out really well and is healing wonderfully. I’m sure he will play next year. “
Oladipo, 29, will be a free agent this summer after completing the final season of a four-year, $ 85 million contract.
Oladipo will rehabilitate the injury along with doctors from the Heat and Glashow. The player underwent a one-year rehab after initial quadruple tendon surgery in January 2019 with the Indiana Pacers.
After arriving in Miami on a March 25 trade deadline deal with the Houston Rockets, Oladipo played four games with the Heat before re-injured in a matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers on April 8. Oladipo, who averaged 12 points on 37% shooting in those games, was traded to the Rockets in January as part of the four-team deal that brought James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets.
In his nine-year career, including stints with the Orlando Magic, Oklahoma City Thunder and Pacers, he has averaged 17.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.0 assists.