Knee injury Robert Williams sustaining near the end of the 2021-22 season continues to be a problem for the Celtics big man, who will have that troublesome left knee arthroscopy, reports Sean Deveney of Heavy.com.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (Twitter
link), the procedure is expected to require a recovery time of four to six weeks. Williams will miss training camp and pre-season, but hopefully he’ll be back on the roster early in the regular season, Woj said, adding that the plan is for him to have surgery later this week.Twitter link).
Williams originally had knee surgery March after tearing his meniscus. He was able to return to the field less than a month later and played a part in the Celtics’ journey to the NBA Finals, although he didn’t reach 100% in the post-season. The 24-year-old has been sidelined for five games in the second and third rounds of the knockout stages and is reported to need extensive treatment as he deal with fluid buildup.
Williams had a breakout season in 2021-22, setting new career highs in PPG (10.0), RPG (9.6), BPG (2.2), games played and start (61), on-field goal rate (73.6%) and several other categories. He also helps anchor the NBA’s top defense.
As Deveney writes, it is hoped that Williams will be ready to leave this fall after resting his knee in the season, but it seems unlikely that will happen. Procedure for leaving the Celtics – was missing Danilo Gallinari due to a torn ACL – took a shortcut in the opening journey of the season.
Al Horford, Grant Williams, Luke Kornetcamping inviter Noah Vonleh and two-way players Mfiondu Kabengele are among Boston’s top available big boys going to training camp. As ESPN’s Bobby Marks observes (via Twitter), we might see Jayson Tatum play many strong minutes forward early to help fill gaps in the depth chart.