Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams underwent successful surgery Tuesday morning on both ankles, the team announced.
The surgery was performed by Nets foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Martin O’Malley. “The arthroscopic surgery performed today on Deron’s left ankle included the removal of spurs from the front and back of the ankle, as well as a cleaning out of his ankle joint,” said O’Malley. As for his right foot, “Deron underwent a procedure on his right ankle to remove a loose bone fragment that was below his right ankle joint.”
D-Will is expected to be on crutches for four to six weeks, at which point O’Malley says he can begin “light basketball activities.” The three-time All-Star should be able to resume full basketball activities in September, according to O’Malley, and is expected to be ready to go come training camp.
Williams missed 18 games this past season, largely due to a sprained left ankle. In 32.2 minutes per game he averaged 14.3 points, 6.1 assists and 2.6 rebounds, all below his career averages.
Since arriving to the Nets franchise in February of 2011, Williams has been plagued with injuries throughout his body. His ankles have been a constant bugbear, but despite numerous cortisone shots and platelet-rich plasma treatments, he never had surgery on his ankles until this past Tuesday. However it is not the nine year pro’s first trip under the knife, as he had season ending wrist surgery back in April of 2011.
Earlier this month, Deron Williams expressed frustration with his performance and confidence in a Nets uniform. The Nets hope this surgery leads to a return to form for their franchise point guard, as he is owed roughly $63 million through the 2016-17 season.