Nets announce that Deron Williams will undergo surgery on both ankles

Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sport

Late Thursday afternoon, Billy King announced that Deron Williams will undergo surgery on both of his ankles next week. Williams, who has dealt with ankle injuries since the Nets moved to Brooklyn, hasn't been 100% in either season. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Martin O'Malley.  Williams said last week he anticipated he would need surgery. He underwent an MRI on Friday and was scheduled to talk with O'Malley Monday

"Deron will undergo surgery on both ankles next Tuesday," said Dr. O’Malley.  "He will have a bone chip removed from his right ankle, and the left ankle will have an arthroscopic cleanout with removal of spurs from both the front and back of the ankle.  Deron is expected to make a full recovery."

"I feel like I've kind of let people down, so I don't like feeling like that," Williams said the day after the Nets final game. "I take my job seriously, I work hard in the offseason, I work hard every day. It's just real frustrating not to be able to play how I'm capable of playing."

O'Malley also was part of the Nets surgical team on Brook Lopez's foot and ankle surgeries, having been part of Lopez's foot reconstruction in January and and his ankle ligament surgery in March. That involved tightening the lateral ankle ligaments as well as repairing a torn tendon in Lopez's left ankle.

A prognosis on Williams return won't be made until the surgery is complete.  By doing the surgery this early in the off season, Williams will have four months to recover and rehab his troublesome ankles. Jeff Stotts of In Street Clothes wrote in January of D-Will's ankle woes, which go back to his rookie year in Utah.

As for Lopez, he was expected to lose the "air cast" on his left ankle and should start running soon.

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