Roberson expects to be ready for Thunder by training camp

Andrea Roberson of the Thunder expects to be ready by training camp.

Andre Roberson of the Oklahoma City Thunder has missed the last season and a half because of knee problems, but told reporters Thursday he expects to be ready to training camp come fall.

Roberson, regarded as one of the best defensive players in the NBA, was sidelined with a patellar tendon tear during a game at Detroit last season. He said he was about 85 to 95 percent recovered when he suffered an avulsion fracture.

“By me rupturing my patellar tendon it kind of shut off the blood supply to the patellar bone, which causes it to be weaker,” Roberson said, according to Maddie Lee of The Oklahoman. “And then when I was coming back I was working harder than the revascularizing of the tendon was happening, so you kind of see where the problem was there, and we did not know that at the time, unfortunately.”

Roberson has one season left on his contract, which calls for him to earn $10.7 million in the 2019-20 season.