Saturday, June 10, 2023

Celtics say Grant Williams underwent 'successful' hand surgery

Celtics forward Grant Williams had surgery on his left hand Friday, according to a team press release.

Williams underwent successful surgery to repair "a tear of the radial collateral ligament of the third metacarpo-phalangeal joint on his left hand," via the C's Twitter post. He is expected to return to basketball activities in six to eight weeks.

Per a report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Williams hurt his hand in March and played through the injury during the Celtics run to the Eastern Conference Finals.

While Williams is expected to make a full recovery by the start of training camp in the fall, the veteran will be a restricted free agent this summer -- meaning Boston can match any offer sheet he signs with another team or the big man can negotiate a new deal with the Celtics as well 

Williams, 24, was selected with the 22nd overall pick prior to the 2019-20 campaign and has a career average of 45.1% shooting from the field and has proved to be a versatile defender during his time in Boston.

Despite Williams not playing much to start the playoffs, he had career highs this season of 8.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists in nearly 26 minutes per game (79) -- including 23 starts.

Joel Pavón

Photo used courtesy The Boston Globe

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