Russell Westbrook will miss at least the first month of the regular season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to alleviate swelling in his right knee Tuesday morning.
The procedure confirmed that Westbrook's meniscus has healed properly, but his return will be pushed back and he is now expected to miss the first four to six weeks of the regular season.
“Russell has been incredible in his work and rehabilitation,” said Thunder general manager Sam Presti. “He has been pain-free and has performed at a high level during practice but has experience recent swelling that had not subsided. After careful consideration and recommendations from the medical team, we elected to do the procedure today based on our consulting physician's belief that the swelling would be alleviated, and in turn give Russell the best chance for sustained performance throughout the season and beyond. During the procedure it was determined that the source of swelling was due to a loose stitch, and fortunately we were able to confirm that the meniscus has healed properly.”
With Westbrook sidelined, third-year point guard Reggie Jackson is expected to fill in as the starter.
Westbrook hasn't played since April 24, when he sustained the injury in Game 2 of the Thunder's first round series against Houston.