Season-Ending Surgery For Blazers Big Man

Another brutal blow to a big man who just hasn't been able to stay healthy for his young and promising career. Portland Trail Blazers center Robert Williams III will be undergoing season-ending knee surgery, per Adrian Wojnarowski.

Williams suffered damage to his kneecap and ligaments in a Sunday loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, and a surgical procedure was announced then. But the unfortunate extent of it was not known until further tests. The team says he is expected to be fully recovered for the start of the 2024-2025 season.

He came to Portland as part of the Jrue Holiday trade with the Boston Celtics in September, which followed the Damian Lillard deal. 

It's the latest in a long line of devastating knee problems for the athletic big man, who tore the meniscus in his left knee in March 2022 and missed much of the playoffs for the Celtics, then underwent offseason knee surgery and missed the start of the 2022-23 season. 

The 26-year-old was a second-team All-NBA defensive selection in 2022 and has averaged 7.3 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.7 blocked shots in his six-year career. He's only played more than 60 games once, in the '21-'22 season. Last year he was limited to 35 contests, and this season he'll finish with just six games in Portland. 

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