Pritchard hopeful Oladipo back in December or January

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 16: Victor Oladipo #4 of the Indiana Pacers celebrates after a call during a game against the New York Knicks at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on December 16, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Brian Munoz/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Pacers have not given a return date for Victor Oladipo publicly, but team president Kevin Pritchard hinted at what the timetable may be after Thursday’s NBA Draft.

“He might be out a little bit,” Pritchard said.  “I’m hopeful he’s going to be back in December-January, but to put a true timeline is not really fair.”

Oladipo ruptured his right quad tendon in January against the Raptors.  The two-time all-star has been rehabbing in Miami.

The Pacers added proven scorer T.J. Warren from Phoenix via trade on Thursday according to multiple reports.  The trade won’t be official until the new league years starts on July 1st.

They drafted EuroLeague standout Goga Bitadze with the 18th overall pick.  The 6-foot-11, 245-pound center played with KK Buducnost in Montenegro.  He earned Adriatic League Most Valuable Player and Best Young Player honors last season.

The Pacers traded the draft rights to their second round selection Jarrell Brantley (50th overall) to Utah for a 2021 unconditional second round pick and cash.  They also reportedly traded the 32nd pick they received from the Suns in the Warren trade to Miami for three future second round selections.

The team will now turn its attention to the opening of free agency on June 30th.

“We want to be good, so we’re going to be active in free agency.” said Pritchard.  “That’s where you can guys that can step in and have a quick impact.”

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