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There’s a possibility the Oklahoma City Thunder will be without former NBA Most Valuable Player Russell Westbrook when they tip off their season because of having undergone arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.
What’s a certainty is the Thunder will be without the services of swingman Andre Roberson, according to a report by Royce Young of ESPN.
Andre Roberson had a setback in his recovery, per a Thunder spokesperson. The initial injury is said to be healing well, but he had an irritation from a suture that was creating discomfort that he couldn’t play through. He will be re-evaluated in two months.
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) October 5, 2018
Roberson ruptured his left patellar tendon after an awkward fall during a Jan. 27 game at Detroit last season.
Regarded as one of the top defensive players in the NBA, Roberson averaged 5.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.2 assist and 1.2 steals in 26.6 minutes in 39 games (all starts) last season.
The 6-foot-7, 210-pound Colorado product shot 53.7 percent from the field, 22.2 percent from the 3-point one and 31.6 percent from the free-throw line.
Roberson, the 26th overall selection in the 2013 NBA draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves, carries averages of 4.6 points and 4.0 boards in his five-season NBA career.
He has two seasons left on a three-year, $30 million deal signed in 2017, which will pay him $10 million this season and $10,740,741 in 2019-20.