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Report: Victor Oladipo could return in late January

Pacers' star has been sidelined for nearly a year as he recovers from a ruptured quad tendon

The Indiana Pacers are hopeful All-Star guard Victor Oladipo can return to the lineup by early February, and potentially as soon as late January, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Oladipo has been sidelined for 11 months after suffering a ruptured right quad tendon on Jan. 23, 2019.

Prior to his injury last season, Oladipo was averaging 18.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.7 steals in 36 games for Indiana.

The Pacers (21-10) have been solid without Oladipo this season, in part thanks to the play of offseason acquisition Malcolm Brogdon. The pairing of Oladipo and Brogdon will be an important storyline to follow as the playoffs near.