Early prognostications looked bleak for Miami Heat guard Victor Oladipo after he suffered a torn quad injury, with reports stating that he could miss the entirety of next season.
However, Oladipo can look forward to a silver lining now, as this recovery timeline now appears to have been significantly shortened.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Dr. Jonathan Glashow—the doctor responsible for Oladipo’s surgery—is “optimistic” that he can clear Oladipo’s return to the court “by November.”
“The quad wasn’t really hooked up. It was torn, and I reattached it,” Glashow told Wojnarowski. “I was amazed he was playing with what he had. I’m very optimistic that I could clear him in six months, by November. I think he’s going to play really well again.
[The surgery] went extremely well, and it’s healing beautifully. I’m confident he’ll play next year.”
This is big news for Oladipo, as the guard is set to hit free agency this summer, and potentially being healthy could keep teams interested despite the injury.
Oladipo, who injured his quad after just four games with the Heat, was traded to Miami in March after a brief tenure with the Houston Rockets. 29-years-old, this will be Oladipo’s second surgery on right quad within the past 28 months.
An eight-year veteran, Oladipo has suited up for five different teams in his career, tallying career averages of 17.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. In 2020-21, Oladipo averaged 19.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game.