Victor Oladipo Progressing Well, Could Return To Heat Next Month

The Heat entered Tuesday night in first place in the Eastern Conference and now, more help could be on the way.Victor Oladipo

That would be none other than guard Victor Oladipo, who could return from offseason knee surgery in February, per Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

Oladipo, 29, was traded to the Heat from the Rockets last March. He then signed a one-year deal for $2.6 million after drawing little interest in free agency.

He appeared in just four games last season with Miami, averaging 15.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists. But he apparently looked good in workouts Tuesday.

Per Jackson, Oladipo “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.”

Oladipo has the support of his teammates as he looks to make a return, with February just a few weeks away.

“He’s itching to get back,” forward Bam Adebayo told reporters. “He’s one of those guys that’s really determined. … He’s going to be a great addition to this team when he gets back. 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.”

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