Celtics center Robert Williams is expected to miss 8-to-12 weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, the team announced.
#NEBHInjuryReport Robert Williams underwent a successful arthroscopic procedure to remove loose bodies and address swelling in his left knee. Williams is expected to return to basketball activities in 8-12 weeks.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) September 23, 2022
Williams first experienced issues with the knee last season, suffering a torn meniscus and undergoing surgery back in March.
He played a role in the Celtics’ run to the Finals, as he was able to return less than a month after the surgery last time. This time, though, it appears it will take him a little longer to get back on the court.
Williams, 24, is 6-foot-8 and appeared in 61 games last season, starting all and averaging 10.0 points and 9.6 rebounds — all while proving to be a nice complement to the likes of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
The Celtics open training camp next week in an effort to defend their East crown. They also lost newcomer Danilo Gallinari to a torn ACL, and with Williams’ injury, will need to find a way to keep the frontcourt together.
“The Celtics do hold two traded-player exceptions among their assets, too, and could potentially take on a new big man via trade,” wrote Sean Deveney of Heavy.com.