Thunder’s Patrick Patterson out 4-6 weeks after knee surgery

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The Thunder getting Patrick Patterson for taxpayer mid-level exception was one the summer’s best signings.

There’s a catch, though.

Thunder release:

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Patrick Patterson underwent a successful arthroscopic procedure today on his left knee, Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced.

The proactive procedure was performed by Dr. Neal S. ElAttrache of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles, California. Patterson will be re-evaluated in 4-6 weeks.

This timeline should have Patterson healthy well before the regular season starts, Oct. 17. He likely starts at power forward.

If there are any snags, Oklahoma City could go big (Enes Kanter) or small (Jerami Grant, Doug McDermott, Kyle Singler or Paul George – though George doesn’t like to play power forward).