Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook will miss the first 4 to 6 weeks of the NBA season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Tuesday.
Thunder general manager Sam Presti said the three-time All-Star had knee swelling that would not subside, and the procedure was intended to solve the problem.
He said doctors determined that a loose stitch was to blame for the swelling, that Westbrook’s lateral meniscus has healed properly and the procedure was successful.
BOBCATS: Assistant coach Mark Price said fixing Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s jump shot is akin to performing major reconstructive surgery: It’s going to take some time.
“There are a lot of different areas that need some work,” Price said.
Price was one of the NBA’s best shooters during his 13-year career, which is why Bobcats owner Michael Jordan hired him to correct Kidd-Gilchrist’s flawed mechanics.
TIMBERWOLVES: Forward Chase Budinger has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and is out indefinitely.
The Wolves announced that Budinger had a procedure on his left meniscus. He had a similar injury last season that caused him to miss more than four months.
PELICANS: Plan to use newly acquired swingman Tyreke Evans off the bench.
Evans joined the Pelicans in the offseason through a deal with Sacramento.