Utah Jazz forward Marvin Williams has elected to have surgery to repair his sore right heel/Achilles tendon after several consultations, the team announced on Friday.
The estimated recovery time is six months, which would put Williams back in Utah’s lineup sometime after the beginning of December, at the earliest.
Williams posted numbers a season ago that may lead you to believe that this wouldn’t necessarily be a loss that would be too difficult to overcome, however there are plenty of questions surrounding the roster of the Jazz, and how it may look by the time we’re ready for next season.
Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap, the team’s two best players, are both unrestricted free agents this summer. Williams has a player option for around $7.5 million that he’s almost certain to exercise, but even with that the Jazz have not much more than $25 million currently committed in salary for next season.
If Jefferson and Millsap were to both join other teams, Williams would have been the one to benefit in terms of an expanded role with the team next season.
The Jazz often fly under the media radar, but with the uncertain status of their big name free agents and the amount of cap space they possess, they’re poised to have one of the more interesting offseasons in the league this summer.
Williams appeared in 73 games for the Jazz last season, and averaged 7.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.1 assists in 23.7 minutes per game.
Boston’s Marcus Smart gets flopping warning from NBA
It happened on the game’s final play — you were probably focused elsewhere, wondering how Al Horford could miss the game-winning layup. But watch Smart as he gets in position for the rebound on that shot.
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Scott is expected to play at least two games in the NBA Development League as he comes back from a knee injury that kept him out of training camp and the first 18 games of the season.
Scott played 15 minutes for the Delaware 87ers in Tuesday night’s loss to the Santa Cruz Warriors. He scored four points on 2-of-7 shooting, missing all four of his attempts from 3-point range.
Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer says the D-League is the best way for Scott to get “meaningful, competitive minutes” after undergoing a non-surgical procedure on his left knee.
Scott has played three games for Atlanta since his return. In 28 minutes, he has two points on 1-of-9 attempts, to go along with eight rebounds and six assists.
Watch Kyle O’Quinn throw alley-oop to Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony isn’t young anymore, but he had the bounce to go get this one.
These were your two best players for the Knicks in their win over Miami Tuesday. Kyle O'Quinn was forced into action earlier than expected when Joakim Noah went on a fouling spree in the third quarter, but O’Quinn played well in the role. ‘Melo dropped 35 on 27 shots — he’s not as efficient as he once was, but he can still get some buckets.
The Knicks picked up a needed win, because they play a back-to-back Wednesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers and a ticked-off LeBron James (New York will pay the price for Phil Jackson’s “posse” comments with a motivated LeBron Wednesday).