The Brooklyn Nets today confirmed that their perennial All-Star Deron Williams will have surgery on both ankles May 27.
"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," read an official Nets statement Thursday.
Williams appeared in 64 of the Nets regular-season fixtures and all 12 of their playoff games but saw his stats fall across the board in comparison to his first year with the Brooklyn franchise and the three-time All-Star is hoping that surgery will bring to an end a troubling period:
"I just feel like I haven't been able to play the way I want to since I've been here.
"It's just been tough, it's been tough to swallow, but hopefully we can figure things out and get back to playing like I want to play," the point guard told reporters last week.
Williams suffered from synovitis in his first year with the team and suffered a sprained right ankle on the eve of the current campaign. This was further compounded by three separate sprains to his left ankle throughout the 2013-14 season.
It is not surprising that his 14.3 points and 6.1 assists were his lowest since his first year in the league with the Utah Jazz.
Both Williams and the Nets will be hoping that he can come back 100-percent healthy and confident in the hope of leading the franchise even further into the postseason next year.
A time table for his recovery is not expected until surgery has taken place next week.