Oladipo (knee/quadriceps) will not participate in the resumption of the 2019-20 season in Orlando, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. "With all the variables, from how I have to build my 5-on-5 workload back up, to the increased risk of a soft tissue injury which could delay my rehab, and the unknown exact set up of the bubble, I just can't get my mind to being fully comfortable in playing," said Oladipo. "Getting fully healthy for the 2020-21 season is the right decision for me." He will still join the Pacers in Orlando to rehab and support his teammates.
This news is a huge blow for the Pacers, as Oladipo was just starting to look like his old self -- the version that was selected third-team All-NBA, first-team All-Defense and Most Improved Player in 2019 -- prior to this season's suspension. With Oladipo sidelined, the Pacers will have to rely more on depth options at guard and on the wing. That will likely mean more minutes for the likes of Aaron Holiday, T.J. McConnell and Justin Holiday.