Portland Trail Blazers forward Thomas Robinson is likely to undergo surgery after tearing a ligament in his right thumb during a summer league game on Tuesday, according to Chris Haynes of Comcast SportsNet Northwest.
Robinson is seeking a second opinion. If he elects to have surgery, it is expected to take place next week.
CSN reports that similar procedures typically require six weeks of recovery time, a timeline that would put Robinson on track to be healthy by the start of the upcoming season.
“I’m in good spirits, man,” Robinson told CSNNW.com on Thursday prior to the Trail Blazers 88-65 loss to the Hawks. “I’ll be back in no time. I’m good.”
The 23-year-old averaged 4.8 points and 4.4 rebounds in 70 games last season.
Drafted No. 5 overall by Sacramento in 2012, Robinson was traded to Houston in February 2013, then dealt to the Blazers last July.
Portland won 54 games last season and earned the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference before losing to the Spurs in the second round of the playoffs.
- Chris Johnson