The Oklahoma City Thunder announced earlier today that Russell Westbrook had a knee-procedure on his right knee.
Westbrook has been going through unofficial team workouts during the summer in preparation for the season. According to ESPN’s Royce Young, after feeling stiffness in his knee, Westbrook opted for preemptive surgery.
The procedure is expected to keep Westbrook out for four weeks. At that time, he will be reevaluated and his status will be updated.
Thunder media day begins on Monday, September 24th at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The following day, the 25th, is the start of Thunder training camp. Oklahoma City’s first preseason game is a home-October 3rd match against the Detroit Pistons.
The four week evaluation window means Westbrook will more than likely miss training camp and all four preseason games. The preseason wraps up October 9th against the Milwaukee Bucks. October 10th is the four-week mark.
The Thunder break in the new NBA season on a Tuesday night, October 16th against the Golden State Warriors.
This is the first surgery on his right knee in over four years. After the 2013 playoffs when Westbrook was lost to a meniscus tear, three surgeries followed before he was back and healthy.
Last season Westbrook underwent a platelet-rich plasma injection in his left patellar tendon to combat knee tendinitis prior to training camp. He did not miss any preseason games and was able to play opening night in a 105-84 win over the New York Knicks.