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OKC Thunder: Sam Presti updates Andre Roberson's status

It's been two years, four months and 11 days since Andre Roberson ruptured the patellar tendon in his left knee. That injury on Jan. 27, 2018 was followed by more knee surgeries, and Roberson hasn't played for the Thunder since. 

With the NBA season set to resume July 31, Thunder general manager Sam Presti was asked Sunday on a conference call if Roberson will be ready to play. 

"Obviously the time has really helped Dre," Presti said. "From a health standpoint he's doing really well. The issue that we're facing is that we have not had the opportunity to see him on the court in real basketball activity because everything is relegated to one on (0) still. 

"I think we're in a better place than we were March 11. That's for sure. But we don't know exactly where we'll be once we get down to actually participating in contact and going through team practices and things of that nature. We're certainly hopeful, but we've gotta cross that next bridge." 

Roberson is in his final season under contract with the Thunder. 

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Oklahoma City's Andre Roberson sits on the bench during an NBA preseason basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma City's Andre Roberson sits on the bench during an NBA preseason basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

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Joe Mussatto

Joe Mussatto joined The Oklahoman in August 2018 to cover OU football, men’s basketball and softball. He previously covered University of Kentucky football and basketball for SEC Country. Mussatto is from Oklahoma City and lives in Norman. Read more ›

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