Indiana’s Victor Oladipo: ‘There’s a strong possibility I might play’
There are about three million reasons Victor Oladipo wants to play for the Pacers in the NBA’s restart in Orlando.
There has been a dispute about Oladipo’s health and salary. After sitting out about a year with a ruptured quadriceps tendon above his right knee, Oladepo returned to play 13 games before the NBA season was shut down. When it came time to make a decision on playing in the restart, Oladipo announced he was sitting out due to increased injury risk during a quick ramp-up to play. However, the league saw the games played — and the fact Oladipo traveled with the team to Orlando and is practicing full speed, leading to increasing optimism he’ll play — and said he would be counted as a player not out due to injury. Which means Oladipo would not get paid for the games in Orlando — that’s $2.8 million if the Pacers got swept in the first round, and $3.2 million if they play at least six games.
Oladipo: "I made a decision that I felt that was best for my career. Was that wrong for me to do? I don't think so."— J. Michael (@ThisIsJMichael) July 15, 2020
After working out down in Orlando without restrictions, Victor Oladipo sounds like a guy ready to play.
Him feeling healthy no doubt factors into that decision, but in the NBA always follow the money. And there are $3 million reasons for Oladipo to lace them up.