May 22, 2014, 4:52 PM EST
Deron Williams was in the Nets training room — and at the doctor’s office — a lot this season to keep his ankles pain-free enough for him to play (in 64 games). Three times this season Williams had PRP blood platelet injections and cortisone injections in his ankle. In addition, he had an anti-inflammatory injection before Game 7 against the Raptors in the first round of the playoffs.
“Deron will undergo surgery on both ankles next Tuesday,” Nets’ foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Martin O’Malley said in a released statement. “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 is expected to be ready to go for the Nets training camp in the fall.
This past season Williams averaged 16 points a game on a true shooting percentage of .564, plus he had 6.1 assists to 2.2 turnovers a game. He’s still a good point guard, certainly above average in the league.
However he is getting paid like an elite point guard — the Nets owe him $63 million over the next three seasons. The Nets need him to be closer to elite next season if they are going to improve on this season’s 44 wins and second round playoff exit.
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