It has been announced that Deron Williams will come of the bench for the Brooklyn Nets today as they take on the New York Knicks.
Williams, who has not played since Jan. 4 due to ankle injuries, has not come off the bench since Feb. 22, 2006, during his rookie season with the Utah Jazz.
“It’s to give him the opportunity to work himself in and there’s no pressure of starting the game with that starting group,” Kidd said. “We won’t roll him out there for 30 minutes.”
The team has been missing Williams, despite winning six of their last seven games. However, it is unclear how long Williams will serve in a reserve-type role with the Nets.
Two weeks ago, Williams received a cortisone shot and a PRP injection in both of his ankles. The Nets hope the procedure rejuvenates Williams, as it did last season.
Williams has missed 16 of the team’s first 38 games due to injury. The 29-year-old veteran is averaging 13.6 points and 6.9 assists this season on 47.6 percent shooting — 41.9 percent from 3-point range.