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Report: Nets nearly signed Kevin Durant’s former Thunder teammate

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Kevin Durant already reunited with one former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate in James Harden, and he nearly did so with another one as well.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reported on Monday that the Brooklyn Nets considered signing veteran wing Andre Roberson, who played with Durant for three seasons. But the open roster spot instead went to Iman Shumpert.

The 29-year-old Roberson, a former All-Defensive Second Team player, became a free agent last offseason after spending his entire career with the Thunder. He still remains unsigned however. Roberson was teammates with Durant in OKC from 2013 to 2016. Harden was also teammates with Durant on the Thunder but was gone by the time that Roberson got there.

Granted, Durant and Roberson did have a bit of beef after Durant left OKC. Perhaps that factored into why Brooklyn did not ultimately sign Roberson.

Andre Roberson gets standing ovation from Thunder teammates in return to court

Andre Roberson played in an NBA game for the first time in two-and-a-half years on Friday, leading to a pretty awesome moment with his teammates.

Roberson ruptured his left patellar tendon on January 27, 2018 against the Detroit Pistons. His recovery was slowed further by multiple setbacks, and he has not played since. On Friday, he checked into the Oklahoma City Thunder’s scrimmage against the Boston Celtics, and he received a standing ovation from his teammates on the bench.

This was a pretty awesome moment. It shows that Roberson clearly has the respect of his teammates, as he’s worked so hard just to get back on the court again.

Roberson, a former All-Defensive Second Team member, was mentioned as a possible returnee in Orlando. It looks like he’s on track to play in meaningful games, which is great news for both him and the Thunder.

Thunder ‘hopeful’ Andre Roberson will be able to return in Orlando

Many may have forgotten by this point that Andre Roberson is still on the Oklahoma City Thunder, but his lengthy absence could soon be ending.

Speaking with the media this weekend, Thunder GM Sam Presti spoke on the 28-year-old’s progress as the team nears the restart of play later this summer.

“The time has really helped Dre,” said Presti, per Brandon Rahbar of Daily Thunder. “We haven’t got to see him in real basketball yet. We’re in a better place than we were on March 11 [when play was suspended] for sure. But we won’t know until we get into team practice but we’re hopeful.”

Roberson, the stalwart defender who made the All-Defensive Second Team in 2017, has not played in nearly two-and-a-half years. He ruptured his patellar tendon during a game in Jan. 2018 and suffered a number of setbacks in his recovery since then that have kept him indefinitely sidelined.

While Roberson is now the longest-tenured member of the Thunder (along with Steven Adams), the contribution that he would be able to provide to the team in Orlando will likely be a wild card, if he is even ready to play by then.

Andre Roberson suffers another setback in return from knee injury

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Andre Roberson has not played this season as he works his way back from knee surgery, and he is going to be out a while long after suffering yet another setback this week.

The Thunder announced on Friday that Roberson experienced discomfort during a workout, and an MRI revealed that he suffered an avulsion fracture in his knee and will be sidelined for at least another six weeks.

Roberson underwent surgery to repair a ruptured patellar tendon suffered in January. The Thunder initially figured he would not miss much time to start the season, but he has now suffered multiple setbacks while trying to make his way back.

Roberson, 26, only played in 39 games last season because of his knee. He averaged 5.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 0.9 blocks per game. Roberson is known for being an excellent defender.

Thunder’s Andre Roberson out at least two more months

Andre Roberson is expected to miss at least two more months while recovering from knee surgery.

Roberson underwent surgery to repair a ruptured patellar tendon suffered in January. The Oklahoma City Thunder were unsure when Roberson would be able to return to action but figured he wouldn’t miss too much time to start the season. Now that timetable has changed.

A Thunder spokesperson explained that Roberson was experiencing irritation from a suture that was creating discomfort in his knee.

Roberson, 26, only played in 39 games last season because of his knee. He averaged 5.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 0.9 blocks per game. Roberson is known for being an excellent defender.

Report: Andre Roberson may have ruptured patellar tendon

Andre Roberson

Andre Roberson was taken off the court on a stretcher Saturday, and the early report is that Oklahoma City Thunder guard blew out his knee.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski says that the early report is that Roberson has a ruptured patellar tendon.

There is still more testing to be done to confirm the injury. Roberson had missed time due to tendonitis in his left knee, so this injury makes sense in that context.

Here’s the play where Roberson got hurt during the third quarter of the Thunder-Detroit Pistons game:

It initially appeared as if Roberson had slipped, but the reality appears to be that he blew out his knee. He was taken away on a stretcher and received well wishes from many on Twitter:

Andre Roberson has tried underhand free throws, says it doesn’t work

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Andre Roberson is one of the worst free throw shooters in the NBA, so he should be open to advice on how he can improve that part of his game. But if you’re going to mention underhand shooting to him, save your breath.

Shooting free throws underhanded can be an effective — albeit embarrassing — technique for some players who struggle from the line. It’s not for Roberson.

“I tried it in practice,” he told Brett Dawson of The Oklahoman. “That s— does not work. I’m sorry.”

Roberson, a career 49.3 percent free throw shooter, shot a career-low 42.3 percent from the line last season. He was just 3-of-21 from the line in Houston’s playoff series against the Houston Rockets, and he was so lost that the “Hack-a-Andre” strategy was even utilized against him.

If Roberson knew why he couldn’t hit free throws, he’d sinking them with more regularity. Unfortunately, none of the advice he is given seems to work.

“I’ve heard it all, to be honest,” he said. “‘Take a step back. Take a step to the right. Foot back.’ You get it all. ‘Elbow in!’ Everybody has their own. But everybody’s shot’s different. You just got to figure out what’s right for you.”

One Rockets player brought the underhanded free throw back to the NBA last season, and it seemed to work for him. As Roberson alluded to, what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another. Hopefully the 25-year-old can find something that does for him.

H/T Pro Basketball Talk

Thunder teammates troll Andre Roberson over tip fiasco

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Andre Roberson became the latest victim of a restaurant receipt gone viral this week, and some of his teammates are getting quite the kick out of it.

After Roberson was forced to defend himself for leaving a $14 tip on a nearly $500 bill at a Texas restaurant, he made the mistake of shouting out his two most fun-loving teammates — Steven Adams and Enes Kanter. They pounced on the opportunity to troll Roberson.

Roberson supposedly went out for drinks with a dozen of his friends, though he had a pretty decent excuse for leaving such a small tip. It’s no surprise that didn’t matter to Adams, who is a notorious stone-cracker.

H/T Deadspin

Andre Roberson defends leaving $14 tip on $500 bill

Andre Roberson agreed to a three-year, $30 million contract to remain with the Oklahoma City Thunder this week, and he apparently didn’t feel like blowing more of that than he had to on a restaurant tip.

Roberson is the latest victim of a receipt photo gone viral, as the 25-year-old was ousted for leaving a tip of $13.97 after going out for drinks with a dozen of his friends on Wednesday. The total bill was $487.13, and Roberson tried to round it up to $500 with the tip. His math was a little off.

According to TMZ, Roberson and 12 friends ordered a bunch of drinks at the Chupacabra Cantina in Austin, Texas. The $13.97 tip worked out to just 3 percent, but Roberson insists nobody got screwed. Instead, the shooting guard defended himself on Twitter by saying there was “no service.”

There are always two sides to these “bad tipper” stories. As we saw recently with an NFL running back, oftentimes the lousy tips stem from bad service. In this case, Roberson claims he didn’t feel the need to leave much of a tip due to the absence of service.

Andre Roberson fires back at those criticizing All-Defensive Team nod

Oklahoma City Thunder swingman Andre Roberson refuses to let you rain on his parade after the first All-Defensive Team selection of his career.

Roberson, who earned All-Defensive Second Team honors for the 2016-17 NBA season, fired back at those criticizing his inclusion.

The former Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year was selected over prominent All-Stars like John Wall and Klay Thompson as well as apparent player favorites like Avery Bradley. But turning a blind eye to the names and going solely off the defensive metrics gives Roberson as strong of a case as just about anybody, and he knows it.