Miami Heat have faced several injuries during the season, but, they remain steadily at the top four teams of the East leading the conference after their latest winning run.
While many players are in and out of the rotation, Victor Oladipo, who is recovering from major offseason knee surgery, has yet to receive an official date for his return.
According to Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald, Oladipo is progressing well. being at practice more and more with the rest of the team.
“Victor Oladipo, working his way back from a major offseason knee surgery, moved around very well on the Heat’s practice court following Tuesday’s session, lofting jumpers in a vigorous workout, running without any visible limp and working with Heat assistant coaches. His jump shot was generally on target and he was the last player to leave the court. It wouldn’t be a surprise if he returns at some point in February, which was the original expectation of the Heat.”
The Heat are one of the deepest teams in the league, consisting of several veteran players like Jimmy Butler, Kyle Lowry and PJ Tucker. They also had a great young core headlined by Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro.
Oladipo will be an important addition in Miami’s perimeter rotation alongside Lowry and Herro. He signed a one-year, $2.6 million contract this past offseason. The Heat will be able to surpass the salary cap hit to re-sign him next offseason.
“He’s going to be a great addition to this team when he gets back,” Bam Adebayo said, per Jackson. “We’ll see what happens. He’s starting to be at practice more and more. We’re starting to hear his voice and he’s starting to get opportunities to run in transition. When he’s able to suit up, it’s going to be a big day for all of us.”