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Marvin Williams, unmasked. At least that's what the Utah Jazz forward is hoping for. Williams, who broke his nose while playing against San Antonio in November, said Saturday he is planning to ditch the protective mask he's been wearing. Maybe. Possibly. Hopefully. "I don't know," he said. "I'm gonna go through a little trial period the next 48 hours. I might retire it, I'm not sure yet." Williams wore the mask in the first half and part of the second during last Friday's loss to Cleveland. However, after being subbed out at one point, he stopped on the way to the bench and handed the mask to athletic trainer Gary Briggs. "That's the only reason I took it off, the strap was kind of bothering me," Williams said. "Sometimes we have to change the lining on it so it'll stay tight," he added. "It might just have to have a new lining on it. It was kind of bothering me so I just got tired of it." Standard-Examiner

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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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