Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams is scheduled to undergo surgery on both ankles on May 27th, according to General Manager Billy King. According to nba.com, the operation will be performed by Nets’ foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Martin O’Malley.
“Deron will undergo surgery on both ankles next Tuesday,” said Dr. O’Malley. “He will have a bone chip removed from his right ankle, and the left ankle will have an arthroscopic cleanout with removal of spurs from both the front and back of the ankle. Deron is expected to make a full recovery.”
Williams missed 16 games this season witha sprained left ankle but returned to play in 64 games this year and help guide the new-look Brooklyn team that added Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce this offseason and head coach Jason Kidd to the playoffs as the No. 6 seed where they were eliminated in the second round by the defending champion Miami Heat. Brooklyn eliminated the Toronto Raptors in the first round.
It could be a radically different team next year as Pierce could leave as a free agent and Garnett could consider retirement, but the team will get back their center in Brook Lopez after he was lost to injury this past season.
The former University of Illinois All-American averaged 14.3 points, 6.1 assists, 2.6 rebounds and a career-best 1.45 steals this season.