Thunder forward Andre Roberson will miss at least two more months of action after suffering a setback in his rehab from knee surgery, tweets Erik Horne of The Oklahoman. Roberson had a procedure on Thursday to alleviate irritation in his left knee caused by a suture.
Roberson could be sidelined for more than two months, with the team set to reevaluate his status in early December. The setback stems from when he ruptured his patellar tendon in January. He resumed various running activities this fall, but was unable to participate in contact drills.
“You don’t replace him,” head coach Billy Donovan said at the time. “It’s no different than having a guy that gets 25 points a game and goes out. You’re not going to have one person go out and replace 25 points.”
Despite not averaging 25 points per contest, Roberson is an accomplished defensive presence and important cog in the team’s plans. He often guards the opposing team’s best player, willing to do whatever it takes to help his team win games.
Roberson, who was drafted with the 26th pick in 2013, is set to enter his sixth professional season. He was named to the NBA All-Defensive Team in 2017 and remains a top defensive player when healthy.