Victor Oladipo Agrees To New Deal With Heat

The Heat have agreed to a one-year contract with Victor Oladipo, retaining the veteran shooting guard in what has become an accomplished backcourt, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.<a rel=Oladipo’s deal will allow him to test free agency again in 2022 and give him the chance to “sign a big contract once he’s fully healthy,” Charania wrote. Miami will still retain his Bird Rights.

Oladipo, 29, appeared in just four games with the Heat following a late-season trade with the Rockets. Before that, he was traded by the Pacers to Houston as part of the major deal that landed James Harden with the Nets.

A former All-Star, Oladipo hasn’t been quite the same since suffering a leg injury in early 2019, though he still has shown flashes of what made him the face of the Pacers for two-plus seasons.

He averaged 19.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.6 assists in a total of 33 games last year.

Re-signing Oladipo clearly became a priority for the Heat after losing guard Kendrick Nunn , who signed with the Lakers.

Now, Oladipo will join Kyle Lowry and Tyler Herro as main players in the Miami backcourt — with newcomer P.J. Tucker and mainstays Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo also serving as reasons for the Heat to believe in good things.

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