The Oklahoma City Thunder will have to play out the rest of the regular season, and the playoffs, without the services of Andre Roberson.
Roberson will miss the rest of the season with a torn patellar tendon in his knee, according to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
It can be argued that Roberson was the glue that held the Thunder’s lineup together and he certainly will be missed on the defensive end of the court.
Perhaps no Thunder player will miss him more than forward Paul George who thrived on the defensive end when playing with Roberson.
George’s defensive rating without Roberson was 111.2 and with Roberson it was a markedly better 94.2.
It’s likely that the Thunder will turn to the trade market to try and get some defensive help, they are already into the luxury tax which will likely handcuff them as we approach the NBA trade deadline.
Thunder’s Andre Roberson to be Re-Evaluated in Two Months
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Andre Roberson has suffered an unfortunate setback in his rehabilitation from left patellar knee surgery that will set him back an additional two months in his recovery, according to ESPN’s Royce Young.
The setback required Roberson undergo surgery on Thursday, according to a team spokesperson. Roberson’s recovery has not been without it’s hurdles as he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee over the summer to relieve inflammation that developed during his rehab.
Roberson, 25, will be re-evaluated in two months but he will need even more time to prepare for a return to action this upcoming season.
Thunder’s Russell Westbrook Has Knee Surgery, May Miss Games
The Oklahoma City Thunder may be without All-Pro guard Russell Westbrook for the start of the 2018-2019 regular season after Westbrook underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Royce Young.
Westbrook, who will be re-evaluated in four weeks, could miss the first few games of the regular season.
Thunder Waive Kyle Singler
The Oklahoma City Thunder are waiving forward Kyle Singler, who will be waived using the stretch provision to help reduce the cost of this year’s roster for the Thunder, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Singler will become an unrestricted free agent once he officially clears waivers.
Singler is owed $4,996,000 for the 2018-2019 season aand $5,333,500 for 2019-2020, but his second-year salary is non-guaranteed leaving Oklahoma City responsible for only his salary for this season.
It also gives the Thunder the ability to stretch the cap hit across five seasons.
Singler averaged 1.9 points per game over 12 games last season for Oklahoma City.
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