Thunder’s Westbrook has knee procedure, may miss early season

Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook is expected to be re-evaluated in four weeks.

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard and former NBA MVP Russell Westbrook underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Wednesday and could miss the start of the regular season, according to a report from ESPN.

The surgery was considered a “maintenance” procedure and was performed after Westbrook experienced stiffness in the knee, ESPN reported.

Westbrook will be re-evaluated in four weeks — meaning he could miss the start of the season. The Thunder open training camp Sept. 25 and tip off the regular season Oct. 16 against the Golden State Warriors.

“While the timing is not ideal … the situation is not viewed by the team as anything to be alarmed about with no lingering issues anticipated to follow the procedure,” ESPN reported.

Westbrook, 29, was voted NBA MVP in 2017 and averaged 25.4 points, 10.3 assists and 10.1 rebounds in 80 games last season. The Thunder finished 48-34 and lost to the Utah Jazz in the first round of the playoffs.