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The masked man isn’t going away. Utah Jazz forward Marvin Williams has been cleared to stop wearing his clear protective mask and originally had Monday’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies circled as his first without it. But plans have changed. "I feel comfortable in it now," Williams said. Salt Lake Tribune

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The recovery timeline announced by the Jazz would place Williams’ expected return date in early December, meaning he will miss training camp, preseason and roughly the first month of the 2013-14 regular season. Williams holds a player option worth $7.5 million for next season and he will surely be looking at a large per-year pay cut on his next deal. One would think the timing and severity of this surgery would make his free-agency decision a simple one: opt in, get fully healthy, finish next season strong and pursue a new contract next summer. The Jazz are clearly a team in transition this summer, as veterans Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, Mo Williams and Randy Foye are all headed to unrestricted free agency while the organization’s younger faces — Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter, Alec Burks and Hayward — eagerly eye the possibility of larger roles next year and beyond. SI.com

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The biggest question with Utah Jazz small forward Marvin Williams this offseason was whether or not he'd exercise the player option on his contract for the 2013-14 season. The focus now has turned to his health. Williams will undergo surgery Monday in Charlotte, N.C., to repair his right Achilles tendon and sore right heel, which caused him to miss some action this past season. According to the Jazz, the expected rehabilitation and recovery time for Williams is about six months. That would have the small forward back in action around the beginning of December, about a month into the regular season. Deseret News

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