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Williams will be on crutches for four to six weeks and then begin to rehab, the team said. He is slated to begin light court activities in August and then progress to full basketball activities in September. Williams is expected to be fully recovered and ready for the beginning of training camp.
"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," Nets foot/ankle specialist Dr. Martin O'Malley, who performed the surgery, said in a statement. "In addition, Deron underwent a procedure on his right ankle to remove a loose bone fragment that was below his right ankle joint."
Williams has been bothered by ankle injuries since the 2012 Olympics. Over the last two seasons, he has received multiple cortisone shots and other injections, but the injuries have not gone away. The Nets hope these surgeries will allow him to regain his confidence and explosiveness.
Williams averaged just 14.3 points and 6.1 assists on 45 percent shooting in 64 games during the regular season. In the playoffs, he averaged 14.5 points and 5.8 assists on 39.5 percent shooting in 12 games.
Williams, who turns 30 on June 26, still has three years and $63.1 million remaining on his contract.
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