Deron Williams' surgery postponed

Updated: April 8, 2011, 6:56 PM ET
By Mike Mazzeo | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams' wrist surgery has been postponed until Monday at 8 a.m. ET due to a scheduling conflict, general manager Billy King told the media before Friday night's game against the New York Knicks.

It was supposed to take place on Friday afternoon.

The surgery, which will clean out bone fragments and scar tissue from Williams' right wrist, will be performed by Dr. Andrew Weiland at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. It was Weiland, a noted hand and wrist specialist, who discovered that Williams needed the surgery after he underwent a more detailed MRI on Wednesday.

Williams initially suffered the injury, which was first categorized as a sprained right flexor tendon in his right wrist, on Jan. 26 when he was a member of the Utah Jazz, and it has continued to persist ever since. King said the Nets were aware of it and went through the proper procedure before finalizing the blockbuster trade to land the two-time All-Star on Feb. 23.

"When we got the trade, we got the information from Utah. They disclosed everything," King said. "We did an MRI and everything was confirmed. Then at the end of the season, Dr. Andrew Weiland suggested we do another one and it's more of a fine-cut MRI. There's a five millimeter standard cut and a three millimeter fine-cut."

King said he could not give a timetable for Williams' rehab until after he had the surgery.

"They're just gonna clean it out, and I think he'll be on the golf course afterward," King said. "I don't want to give a timetable until after it's done. I like to wait. But he'll be playing golf and shooting a basketball this summer to get ready for the season."

Although Williams continued to play despite being hurt, King said his condition didn't worsen as a result.

"No [it wasn't worse], because as the doctor told me, some of those particles had been there for a while, so you could tell there wasn't anything that was gonna do any more damage," King said.

King said Williams took the news that he'd have to get surgery and miss the last four games of the season well.

"He was surprised, but he's like OK. Let's get it done," King said. "I think he mentioned that one of his teammates had had it before. And so he wasn't too concerned."

According to King, every player gets an MRI before the end of the season.

Williams had reiterated to reporters time and time again that he was told he would not need surgery, just three-to-six weeks of rest for his wrist to heal. But Weiland's more detailed MRI revealed otherwise.

"I think this was something that developed," Nets coach Avery Johnson said. "I'm just glad we found it and he's going to have the procedure done and we can get it behind us and, hopefully, he won't have to deal with this at another point in his career."

Johnson said Williams was disappointed because he wanted to play in Friday night's game against the Knicks.

Johnson said power forward Kris Humphries, the league's fifth-leading rebounder (10.4), was also going to miss the last four games because of ankle and heel injuries in his right foot.

Humphries was hurt in a game against the Knicks last week and he will end the season having missed the final eight games.

"He's just not ready to come back, the heel is still a major issue in terms of running, and there is too much discomfort there," Johnson said. "He's been getting treatment around the clock, and this is a guy who has played with so many ailments this season. Again, to close a chapter on his season, really good thoughts about his season."

Williams averaged 15 points and 12.8 assists in a dozen games with the Nets. However, his wrist hampered his shooting. He shot just 34.9 percent from the field and 27.1 percent from 3-point range.

Williams' last game was his most memorable. He hit a game-winning shot and matched his career high with 21 assists in a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night.

Williams' right wrist injury caused him to miss 12 games this season.

"We clearly know where we are with this team," Johnson said. "Deron is definitely driving the car and when he's not driving it we're a different team."

Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com. Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

Mike Mazzeo

ESPN New York Writer

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