Miami Heat G Victor Oladipo will undergo season-ending surgery on his right quad tendon, the team announced late Wednesday afternoon. Oladipo, who was acquired prior to the trade deadline from the Houston Rockets, was sidelined due to a knee injury since April 8. Dipo only ended up playing four games for the Heat after being acquired in the trade. Now, he isn’t expected to be back until next season.
This is the same knee/quad that forced Dipo to miss most of last season after having surgery in 2019 while with the Indiana Pacers. Having another surgery does not bode well for the veteran guards prospects of returning any time soon. We’ll see what happens with Oladipo in free agency this offseason. He’s in the final year of a contract he signed with the Pacers back in 2017. This will likely lose Dipo money on the open market and he may need to settle for a short-term deal when he’s healthy again.
This doesn’t impact the Heat much heading into the postseason. The reigning Eastern Conference Champions have essentially the same roster minus a few rotation players. Miami has won 7 of the past 9 games heading into Wednesday night and have a shot to jump up into the 4-seed in the East ahead of the Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks.
The Heat are 40/1 to win it all and 14/1 to win the East on DraftKings Sportsbook. Miami remains an intriguing championship pick even after the Dipo news. Again, Oladipo’s impact on the team overall after being acquired was miniscule. The Heat will also have a decent path to the Finals in the East.
If Miami can lock down the 4-seed, it would mean defeating the Hawks/Knicks in the first round, the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round, and then Milwaukee Bucks or Brooklyn Nets in the East Finals. The Heat owned the Bucks in last year’s playoffs. The Sixers are the 1-seed but have a core that is still unproven. The Nets are scary but have question marks in the form of injuries to Kevin Durant and James Harden that could impact things.