Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams could be close to making a return.
Williams participated in halfcourt five-on-five drills Tuesday. It was the first time Williams participated in a contact drill since training camp began.
“It was good to get back out there,” Williams told Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York. “It was only for like 15-20 minutes, but to do contact, 5-on-5 half-court, you’re not part of the cheerleading squad. So it was definitely good to be out there.”
Williams injured his ankle during an offseason workout in Utah.
Williams likely won’t play in Wednesday’s game at Boston against the Celtics. The game will mark the return of big man Kevin Garnett, swingman Paul Pierce and point guard Jason Terry to Boston. Williams would probably love to play alongside his new teammates, but doesn’t feel he is ready.
“I didn’t feel in sync at all because I haven’t played basketball (full-go),” Williams said. “But it felt good to get out there.”
Last season, Williams averaged 18.9 points, 7.7 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game.
The Nets will start the regular season on October 30 in Cleveland against the Cavaliers.