Oladipo returns to Heat, aiming toward return to past form
Victor Oladipo went into free agency with eyes wide open to find out what would be the best place for him.
Turns out, he already was
Oladipo on Thursday signed his new contract with the Miami Heat, a two-year deal with the second of those years at his option
Injuries and recovery have limited him to 12 regular seasons out of a possible 110 in his first season-and-a-half with the franchise, and both he and the Heat are banking on being able to handle more this coming year . ,
“I think the biggest goal for me is to show everyone that I’m healthy, and that I can play all year round – and also to show that I’m one of the best players in the league,” Oladipo said.
So, everything else will be fine on its own.” And that’s what I focus on.
Oladipo appeared in only eight regular-season games this past season
while recovering from a second surgery to repair his right quadriceps tendon. He was a two-time All-Star with Indiana before getting injured in January 2019. He returned a year later
nowhere near the same player, and Indiana traded him to Houston in January 2021. The Rockets didn’t keep them for long
Before moving him to Miami, with whom Oladipo played four matches in March 2021 before getting injured again.
It took him the longest last season to come back. He appeared in 15 playoff games for Miami this spring, playing a lot more in the post-season than in the regular season
Then came free agency, and Oladipo looked around and quickly decided that Miami was her best choice.
“It was the best deal for me, I think, and it seemed like a lot of people were running away from me,” Oladipo said. “So, I think coming back here and playing with the Heat was the best option for me.
Now, I look forward to playing it back. I thought we had a very good, strong opportunity to make the finals last year. That’s the goal this year.