Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo practiced with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants on Tuesday, the franchise’s G League affiliate, Pacers coach Nate McMillan told media members before Tuesday’s game against Oklahoma City. This marks Oladipo’s latest on-court step since suffering a torn quad tendon in January.
Scott Agness of The Athletic reports Oladipo has impressed of late and is set to have another appointment with his doctor in a few weeks to see how he is progressing from his knee injury.
The Pacers have assigned All-Star guard Victor Oladipo to G League affiliate Fort Wayne as Oladipo continues to make good progress from knee injury, per league sources. Allows Oladipo to get practice run today. No return timetable.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 12, 2019
Mad Ants are in Indy and will be at the game tonight vs OKC. Pacers were out of town over the weekend and didn’t hold shootaround this morning. https://t.co/oXkMs2neln
— Scott Agness (@ScottAgness) November 12, 2019
Oladipo has been out since Jan. 24, when he suffered a season-ending injury to his right knee. Since then, Pacers coach Nate McMillan and president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard have remained relatively quiet about when they expect to have Oladipo back.
The All-Star swingman took part in some Pacers practices in late October, but remained non-committal on when he’d suit up again for the team.
Oladipo reiterated then that his plan is to “take one day at a time” in his comeback. He works with his own trainer in the mornings, practices with the Pacers, and does more individual work after practice. He offers no estimation of how close he might be to 100 percent, however.
“I wish I could,” he said. “I’ll know when I know. It’s hard to gauge how far you are from that.
“You’ve got to be smart,” he added. “I’m not trying to play (just) for this year, I’m trying to play for a long time in my career. I want to have a long, lasting, hopefully 15-more-years career. As bad as I want to play, I still have to be smart about it.”
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.