NBA: Will return of Indiana Pacers’ Oladipo be good or bad?
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After initially being considered done for the season, Indiana Pacers all-star Victor Oladipo is reportedly still leaving a door open for a potential comeback this season.
Oladipo has been fully participating in five-on-five scrimmages in Orlando, and there’s now optimism around his playing status, sources say. https://t.co/bJ8OLRjmIA
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 13, 2020
With the NBA resuming at the end of the month in its Orlando, Florida bubble, Oladipo could see action for the Pacers, who are currently 5th in the Eastern Conference with a 39-26 record.
But a concern remains as whether Oladipo’s return would actually help the team or be bad for both the squad and his personal recovery.
Oladipo appeared in only 13 games this season, and averaged 13.8 PPG on 39% field goal shooting, a far cry from his usual all-star level performances in his last few seasons.
The Pacers are being led by the likes of Malcolm Brogdon, Domantas Sabonis, Jeremy Lamb, and TJ Warren right now, and Oladipo returning might also disrupt that chemistry which has relatively been successful so far.
And even if Oladipo decides to play, he will not be readily 100% playing at a high level.
The 6-4 guard injured his quad tendon in January of 2019 and has been rehabbing since.
At the end of the day, the Pacers management and coaching staff will have a tough decision to make.
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