Does Aleksej Pokusevski’s latest injury impact his future?

Aleksej Pokusevski #17 of the Oklahoma City Thunder (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
Aleksej Pokusevski #17 of the Oklahoma City Thunder (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /

On Thursday evening, the Oklahoma City Thunder announced that forward Aleksej Pokusevski sustained a “small right humerus fracture during an off-season workout in Oklahoma City.” the team says he will be re-evaluated in approximately four-to-six weeks. This is on the heels of a leg fracture derailing his 2022-23 season.

Four-to-Six weeks puts the OKC Thunder forward into July before he fully continues his offseason workout. The Oklahoma City Thunder will not play a regular season game until the end of October, with training camp starting at the earliest the last week of September.

The OKC Thunder announced Aleksej Pokusevski would be sidelined with a small right humerus fracture. Does this impact the future?

Aleksej Pokusevski will be back on the court before anyone even notices. Missing the next month and change of his offseason program will not make or break his or this team’s future.

During the 2022-23 campaign, Aleksej Pokusevski averaged eight points, four rebounds, and two assists per game, shooting 43 percent from the floor, 36 percent from beyond the arc, and 63 percent at the line. That goes along with his 1.9 STOCKS per game. In addition, Pokusevski shot 39 percent from the corner on triples and 36 percent on non-corner threes.

Aleksej Pokusevski improved a ton before he went down with an injury as a help-side defender, rebounder, connective playmaker, and a more under-control offensive player.

This offseason, the 2020 first-round pick is extension eligible. If the two sides can not agree on an extension this offseason, Pokusevski will hit restricted free agency the following summer, a mark Sam Presti rarely lets players get to.

This injury has no bearing on Aleksej Pokusevski’s future or the team’s future. That contract is far more important. In all likelihood, Pokusevski will play out this season before hitting RFA, and we will see if his play warrants an extension.

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