Report: Roberson, Thunder agree to deal

Thunder wing Andre Roberson may be near a return following knee surgery in May.

The Oklahoma City Thunder and defensive specialist Andre Roberson have agreed to a three-year, $30 million deal, according to a report by ESPN.

Roberson is regarded as one of the top-tier wing defenders in the NBA and he’s developed into a key role player for the Thunder.

This past season, the 6-foot-7 small forward averaged 6.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per game on 46.4 percent shooting.

Roberson’s inability to be a sound floor spacer and consistent jump shooter are the only knocks on him. He shot a woeful 24.5 percent from three and 42.3 percent from the free throw line in 16-17.

The Rockets used the “Hack-a-Roberson” strategy in Game 4 of their first-round playoff series win over the Thunder. It was a disaster for Roberson, who went to the line for eight shots in a 42 second stretch.

He sank just two of those free throws before head coach Billy Donovan decided to pull him out. OKC lost that game by four points and the series ended in the next game.

With the addition of Paul George, Roberson should be able to just focus on his defensive assignment, as his offensive role will diminish significantly.