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Andre Roberson is on his way back. He’s just not there… yet.
The Oklahoma City forward is continuing to rehabilitate a ruptured patellar tendon in his left knee suffered during a game in Detroit in January.
Asked about his target to get back at it, he said, “Training camp,” according to Brett Dawson of The Oklahoman.
On the court, Roberson said he can shoot “slight jump shots,” according to Dawson’s report, and do some ballhandling drills. He has yet to run.
“I’m just trying to come back with a positive mindset, a killer attitude,” Roberson said. “I’m injured, but nothing’s wrong, so that’s good.”
Thunder coach Billy Donovan said Roberson is “optimistic and upbeat” about the process he’s making.
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).
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 next season and $10,740,741 in 2019-20.