Ahead of the July 4 holiday, Indiana Pacers star Victor Oladipo opted-out of featuring in the 22-team format to crown a 2019-20 NBA champion.
It appears the 28-year-old is having second thoughts.
On Monday, The Athletic's Shams Charania tweeted that there is "growing belief" Oladipo will play, and that the guard has been an active participant in five-on-five scrimmages:
There is growing belief Pacers star Victor Oladipo will attempt to play in the NBA’s restarted season after multiple strong team practices in Orlando, sources inside the bubble tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 13, 2020
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
Oladipo suffered a ruptured quad in January 2019 and only returned to in-game Association action this past January. He appeared in 13 games before the NBA halted play on March 11 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Pacers enter the league's return-to-play format fifth in the Eastern Conference standings.