Shawne Williams has foot surgery

Updated: February 22, 2012, 2:30 PM ET
By Mike Mazzeo | Special to

New Jersey Nets forward Shawne Williams underwent surgery Wednesday to repair a pre-existing fracture in his left foot and remove two small bone fragments, the team announced.

Williams, who has been out since Feb. 11, will miss the remainder of the season and should be ready for the beginning of training camp.

The surgery was be performed at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan by foot specialist Dr. Martin O'Malley and Nets team orthopedist Dr. Riley Williams III.

Williams, who was signed to a two-year, $6.1 million contract in the offseason, has averaged 4.5 points and 2.7 rebounds in 20.6 minutes per game this season. He was a major disappointment after being signed away from the Knicks.

The 26-year-old, who was known for his long-range marksmanship, has shot just 28.6 percent from the field and 24.1 percent from 3-point range.

Williams becomes the fourth Nets player to have surgery this season, joining center Brook Lopez (foot), small forward Damion James (foot) and Keith Bogans (ankle/deltoid), who has since been waived.

The Nets (10-24) have been decimated by injuries more than any other team in the NBA, and have started a league-high 16 different lineups and 14 different players this season.

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