Report: Robert Williams to undergo knee arthroscopy

According to Heavy.com’s Sean Deveney, Boston Celtics center Robert Williams is scheduled for knee arthroscopy and will miss all of training camp and likely the start of the regular season. Deveney mentioned that the recovery time would be around 4-6 weeks.

However, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski also reported on the story, stating the recovery timeline will be approximately 6-8 weeks. A four-week recovery time would see the big man return to the very start of the regular season, six weeks would see him miss the first two weeks and eight weeks would be the first full month.

Williams tore the meniscus in the same knee in late March, which caused him to miss the end of the regular season last year, as well as the first two games of the playoffs. He returned in Game 3 against the Brooklyn Nets but was visibly weakened. The big man has averaged just 23.2 minutes in the playoffs compared to his regular season average of 29.6.

Last year was a breakout season for Williams. Along with recording a career high in minutes, Williams also appeared in more games than ever before (61). He averaged 10.0 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.2 blocks while shooting 73.6 percent from the field. Williams was also named to the All-Defensive Second Team.

Now the Celtics will enter the regular season with two fewer plays than they expected as new Danilo Gallinari tore his anterior cruciate ligament while playing EuroBasket earlier this summer.

As for replacement options, the Celtics may consider signing a free agent, but in the past have emphasized a desire to test inside options first. Luke Kornet stands out as a player who will have to step in, and Grant Williams should also be ready to play a bigger role.

Apart from that, there is a chance that Mfiondu Kabengele could be used on his two-way contract, and if Noah Vonleh impresses in training camp, he could also earn more opportunities, as the only big man on a 10 piece deal in Boston.

Amanda J. Marsh