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OKC Thunder Announce Russell Westbrook Underwent Surgery

A closeup of Russell Westbrook in an Oklahoma City Thunder uniform.

MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 27: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder looks on during a game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on December 27, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

The NBA off-season is a time when players will often go under the knife. Sometimes it is to repair problems that lingered during the previous season, but for Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook, the decision was a proactive one.

The Thunder announced this afternoon that Westbrook underwent a successful arthroscopic procedure on his right knee. He will be reevaluated in four weeks.

According to ESPN's Royce Young, it is a "maintenance" procedure.

Westbrook has had issues with his knees in the past, most recently his left knee last summer. Westbrook received a PRP injection on his left knee at that time.

The 29-year-old guard had multiple surgeries on his right knee several years ago, so it is worth following if this is something that bothers him after this procedure.

Considering Westbrook relies on his explosiveness and has the ball in his hands so much, this could be cause for concern. At the same time, he's a freak athlete who might bounce back rather quickly.

The Thunder open the 2018-19 season on October 16 against the Golden State Warriors. It is unclear if Westbrook will be able to play in that game.