The Celtics confirmed Williams had surgical procedure to restore a tear of the radial collateral ligament of the third metacarpophalangeal joint on his left hand. He’s anticipated to make a full return to basketball actions in six to eight weeks, per the staff.
The 24-year-old suffered the damage in March, per Woj, however opted to play by it to complete out the season. Williams discovered himself out and in of Boston’s playoff rotation en path to an eventual Recreation 7 Jap Convention Finals loss in opposition to the Warmth.
Williams is a restricted free agent this summer season and is coming off a profession regular-season run. In 25.9 minutes per recreation, the 6-foot-6 vet out of Tennessee posted averages of 8.1 factors, 4.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists throughout 79 contests.
As a result of he performed greater than 2,000 minutes in 2022-23, he has met the league’s “starter standards” for restricted free brokers, and has thus seen his qualifying supply get a $2M uptick, to $8,486,620. It’s assumed that Boston will look to dump one in every of its three combo guards — Malcolm Brogdon, Marcus Smart or Derrick White — in an effort to retain Williams this summer season.