Heat's Victor Oladipo Could Be Cleared for Full Contact by November After Quad Injury

Adam WellsMay 22, 2021

MIAMI, FL - APRIL 08: Victor Oladipo #4 of the Miami Heat holds his right knee after being injured in the second half against the Los Angeles Lakers at American Airlines Arena on April 8, 2021 in Miami, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that,  by downloading and or using this photograph,  User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.(Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)
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Victor Oladipo could be cleared for full contact as soon as November after he underwent surgery to repair his quadriceps tendon. 

Dr. Jonathan Glashow, the orthopedic surgeon who operated on Oladipo, told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski that he's "optimistic" he will be able to clear the two-time All-Star within six months. 

"[The surgery] went extremely well, and it's healing beautifully," Glashow said. "I'm confident he'll play next year."

The Miami Heat announced on May 12 that Oladipo elected to have season-ending surgery on his right quadriceps tendon. 

This marks the second time in three years Oladipo has undergone a procedure on the quad tendon. While playing for the Indiana Pacers, he ruptured the tendon during a Jan. 23, 2019, game against the Toronto Raptors. 

That initial surgery kept Oladipo out of action for 12 months. 

Glashow told Wojnarowski he did the second surgery "a little differently" than the previous doctor did it in 2019. 

"The quad wasn't really hooked up," Glashow said. "It was torn, and I reattached it. I was amazed he was playing with what he had."

Oladipo averaged 19.8 points on 40.8 percent shooting, 4.8 rebounds and 4.6 assists in 33 games this season. He spent time with the Indiana Pacers, Houston Rockets and Heat. 

The 29-year-old will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.