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Thunder’s Andre Roberson isn’t close to returning

Andre Roberson, Thunder

Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Billy Donovan told local reporters on Monday that small forward Andre Roberson isn’t close to returning to the lineup.

Roberson has had some bad luck as he recovers from a ruptured left patellar tendon suffered last season. The stud defender has sustained two setbacks in his left knee to derail his comeback:

Andre Roberson played in 39 games last season for the Thunder before getting hurt. The swingman averaged 5.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game while shooting 53.7 percent from the field, 22.2 percent from beyond the arc and 31.6 percent from the free-throw line.

Roberson’s impact on the game is mostly on the defensive end of the floor. He is one of the best perimeter defenders in the NBA, as he made the 2017 All-Defensive team. Roberson and Paul George give OKC a lethal forward defensive duo, but right now George is on his own with Roberson still out.

Roberson, 27, signed a three-year, $30 million deal with the Thunder back in 2017. OKC enters Monday with a record of 26-16, good for third place in the Western Conference standings.

No one knows if Andre Roberson is going to even play this season. After suffering two setbacks, Roberson would be wise to take it slow.