Roberson (kneecap) hasn't been cleared for contact or 5-on-5 work, David Aldridge of TNT reports.
Roberson had previously reported that he hoped to be back to full strength by December, so it doesn't come as much of a surprise that he isn't ready for contact in mid-September, more than two months beforehand. While the Thunder certainly want their top defender back as soon as possible, he won't be rushed into action and is still likely looking at missing at least the first month or two of the season barring any surprising developments in his recovery. Adding on to that, Roberson's value comes on the defensive side of the ball, so he'll struggle to provide significant fantasy value even when he's at full strength. With Roberson sidelined to start the season, Dennis Schroder will likely be the most intriguing fantasy asset that should benefit, while guys like Raymond Felton, Alex Abrines and Terrance Ferguson could see added minutes as well.
Roberson (knee) is hoping to be ready for the start of training camp, Brett Dawson of The Oklahoman reports.
Roberson had season-ending knee surgery performed in January to repair a ruptured left patellar tendon and then also had an arthroscopic scope in May to lessen some swelling in his knee. It's been roughly one and a half months since that scope and it appears everything is going as expected in Roberson's rehab. The 26-year-old was able to put up some "slight jump shots" recently and also did some ball handling drills. Roberson hoped to start running on an AlterG anti-gravity treadmill earlier this week, though it's unclear if that ultimately took place. While the Thunder have remained clear that they're going to take a cautious approach with Roberson's rehab, there's still appears to be a chance he's ready to go by the start of training camp. If not the start of training camp, Roberson is fully expected to be healthy for the start of the regular season.
Roberson underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Tuesday, Royce Young of ESPN reports.
Roberson underwent season-ending knee surgery back in January to repair a ruptured left patellar tendon, but has been dealing with some swelling recently that's resulted from his rehab. Rather than waiting for the swelling to reduce with time, Roberson has opted to have a scope performed to reduce the swelling and hopefully allow him to progress quicker in his rehab. The report also indicates that Roberson's patella recovery is going great, so the swelling and the arthroscopic procedure don't appear to be an overly concerning development. Roberson's availability for the start of training camp is unclear, however, so continue to monitor his status over the summer.
Roberson had to be stretchered off the court during Saturday's matchup against the Pistons and initial fears have now been confirmed, as Roberson's injury will cost him the rest of 2017-18 campaign. An exact timetable for a return is still unclear at this point in time, but another update should be released following his surgery, which will give us a better idea for whether or not he'll be ready for training camp next season. We should get periodic progress reports as Roberson moves through the recovery process, but in his absence, the likes of Terrance Ferguson, Josh Huestis and Alex Abrines stand to benefit with added playing time on the wing. When Roberson was hurt earlier this season, it was Ferguson that saw the most run. In seven starts as a fill-in, Ferguson averaged 6.4 points and 1.1 rebounds across 24.6 minutes.
The expectation is that Roberson will need to undergo season-ending surgery for a ruptured patellar tendon in his left leg, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
While this was somewhat expected, it's still brutal news for Roberson, who suffered the injury while going for an alley-oop during Saturday's game. He'll be reexamined in Oklahoma City in the coming days, but the expectation is that he'll be forced to miss the remainder of the season. In his absence, Terrance Ferguson, Alex Abrines and Josh Huestis should see some increased run.
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