Nets hoping D-Will can play vs. Knicks

Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King hopes to get point guard Deron Williams back for Monday afternoon’s game against the New York Knicks.

“Yeah, I think we’re gonna wait and see how he feels when he gets back,” King said Thursday on SiriusXM NBARadio. “I mean, that was the goal, to try to give him two weeks off and see how he feels. I know he’s been working back at home. The goal if he’s ready to play [is Monday], if not play Tuesday, if not then it would be that Friday. But just like with [Andrei Kirilenko] we wanted to give Deron as much a chance to get healthy as possible, because we’ve still got a lot of season to go.”

Williams hasn’t played in a game since Jan. 4 due to ankle injuries. He will miss his 16th game of the season Thursday, when the Nets face the Atlanta Hawks in London.

Williams received a cortisone shot and platelet-rich plasma injection in both of his ankles following an MRI taken Jan. 6. Assuming he returns Monday against the Knicks, Williams will have been out of action for two weeks.

He also had the same procedure on his ankles last season, and it rejuvenated him.

Williams, 29, is averaging just 13.6 points and 6.9 assists in 22 games for the Nets (15-22) this season.