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Thunder’s Nick Collison has arthroscopic surgery on knee

Jun 19, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

Nick Collison, Omer Asik AP

Oklahoma City reserve big man Nick Collison, who has been a key part of the Thunder’s front court rotation, will be out of training four to six weeks following arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, the team announced Thursday.

That timeline should have him fine and ready to return at 100 percent by the start of training camp.

Collison, 33, could see a larger role next season as coach Scott Brooks starts to rely less on Kendrick Perkins and more on Steven Adams. At least Thunder fans can hope that is the case. (It is possible but unlikely the Thunder amnesty Perkins this summer.)

Collison’s numbers of 4.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.3 assists a game are not going to land him on your fantasy team (unless you’re really bad at fantasy) but he’s a solid backup big man that matters to the Thunder.

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