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Heat's Victor Oladipo to Undergo Season-Ending Surgery on Quad Injury

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 12, 2021

Miami Heat guard Victor Oladipo (4) dribbles the ball during a NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Saturday, April 3, 2021, in Miami. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)
Marta Lavandier/Associated Press

Miami Heat star Victor Oladipo will undergo season-ending surgery on his right quadriceps tendon Friday.

The team said the timetable for his recovery is unknown for now.

The Heat didn't give up much to acquire the 28-year-old ahead of the 2021 trade deadline largely because he hadn't been the same player since he ruptured his right quad tendon in January 2019.

In only his fourth game with Miami, Oladipo immediately grabbed at his right knee after landing from a two-handed jam in the fourth quarter of a victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on April 8.

The Heat were initially cautious about saying anything definitive about the nature and severity of his injury.

Losing the two-time All-Star hurts Miami's quest to make another NBA Finals appearance, but the injury may be even more detrimental to Oladipo's next contract. The Sun Sentinel's Ira Winderman reported on April 10 that it was "increasingly unlikely that Victor will get anything near a maximum deal this summer, in terms or annual dollars or even years, from the Heat or elsewhere."

DeMarcus Cousins and Isaiah Thomas are both cautionary tales for how quickly persistent injuries can affect a star player's future earnings.

Oladipo now heads into the offseason with a big question mark surrounding the status of his right quad tendon.

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