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Report: Victor Oladipo hopeful to return in late January, early February

Pacers superstar on track to return to lineup after New Year.

Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo and Sacramento Kings guard Yogi Ferrell share a laugh during warm ups before the game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.  Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana Pacers G Victor Oladipo is on track to return in late-January or early-February, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Christmas Day.

Oladipo ruptured his quad tendon and has been sidelined for the entire season so far. The Pacers have been fine without the All-Star, carried by the play of Malcolm Brogdon and Domantas Sabonis. But getting a player like Dipo back into a lineup that is top 5 in the East would be nice for Indiana.

Fantasy Basketball Analysis: Indiana Pacers SG Victor Oladipo

This is a welcomed return for Dipo owners in season-long fantasy basketball. I’d imagine Oladipo will be a bit limited early in his return, which likely won’t be for another month anyway. But it’s still good to get him back in your lineup. I imagine he’ll go back to starting in place of Jeremy Lamb at SG in the backcourt with Brogdon. It’s a bit of a hit to Brogdon’s fantasy value overall, but he should still rack up assists. Sabonis will be needed less on the offensive end once Dipo is up to full speed.