JANUARY 28, 6:48pm: The Thunder have announced via press release that Roberson underwent successful surgery. He’ll miss the remainder of the season, as had been previously reported.
JANUARY 28, 10:38am: The Thunder have confirmed that Roberson ruptured his left patellar tendon and will require surgery that will sideline him for the rest of the season, tweets Brett Dawson of The Oklahoman.
JANUARY 27, 6:58pm: Thunder coach Billy Donovan has confirmed that Roberson suffered a patellar tendon injury, Young tweets, adding that further evaluation will take place when the team returns to Oklahoma City.
JANUARY 27, 6:22pm: A preliminary medical report says Thunder swingman Andre Roberson has a ruptured patellar tendon in his left knee after being carried off the floor in today’s game at Detroit, tweets ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. He adds that more tests are being conducted to determine the severity of the damage (Twitter link).
Roberson’s injury occurred in the third quarter when he appeared to hurt himself while jumping and took a hard landing. He was carried off the court on a stretcher. Roberson missed some games recently with patellar tendinitis in the knee, notes Royce Young of ESPN (Twitter link). Young adds that Roberson was a likely first-team All-Defense selection and would have been considered for Defensive Player of The Year (Twitter link).
Roberson has appeared in 39 games this season and was shooting a career-best 53% from the floor coming into today while averaging 5.0 points per night. He is making a little less than $9.26MM this year and is signed for $10MM next season and $10.74MM in 2019/20.
With the trade deadline February 8, the Thunder have 12 days to decide if they want to make a move to get another defensive specialist to replace Roberson for the rest of this season. Young notes that the Thunder weren’t expected to be active on the trade market, but today’s injury might change their thinking (Twitter link).