Boston Celtics rookie Robert Williams has an artery condition in both of his legs, multiple sources tell MassLive. A source described the condition as, “not too serious.” It could, however, require a procedure if it were to degenerate down the line.
NBA teams, including the Celtics, were aware of Williams' condition at the time of the draft -- as was Texas A&M, where Williams went to college. The rookie has been playing with the condition for years, sources told MassLive. The L.A. Clippers' doctors performed his predraft physical and disseminated results to other organizations upon request, standard procedure for a prospect. The Celtics have also done their own physicals on Williams.
Fred Katz: Brad Stevens on Robert Williams: "Everyday, I get an update on where he’s at. So every morning, they say, can he play or can’t play? So far, it’s been can’t play. So, I don’t want him to play if he’s hurting at all, but we’ll reassess it whenever our next game is."
Marc D'Amico: #NEBHInjuryReport Robert Williams III (left knee contusion) is OUT for tonight’s #NBASummer League game against Charlotte.
Jared Weiss: Robert Williams had knee soreness coming into the game and bumped it today, exacerbating the soreness. He’s going to stay off his feet tonight to try to play tomorrow.
Jared Weiss: Celtics coach Jay Larranaga didn’t get a medical update after the game on Robert Williams. This is your medical update on Robert Williams.
Fred Katz: Robert Williams bumped knees with a player on the Sixers, the Celtics said. He's being evaluated now. Not sure which knee it was.
Jared Weiss: Williams is back out of the locker room now but is sitting on the bench with a big ice pack on his left knee. Looks out for the game.
June 12, 2021 | 12:41 am EDT Update
Any potential free agency list should start with Indiana’s T.J. McConnell and Los Angeles pest Alex Caruso. Both are Cavs targets. Both fit really well. Some prefer Caruso. He’s younger, bigger, stronger and can guard multiple spots. Others like McConnell more. Even though he doesn’t shoot many 3s, he’s more polished, capable of filling in as starter, puts pressure on the rim and was the league’s total steals leader.
The Cavs might also be looking for another center. Isaiah Hartenstein, who arrived in the JaVale McGee deal with Denver, has a player option. Sources expect him to exercise that and become a free agent. Hartenstein, who made the minimum this past season, likes it in Cleveland. But he boosted his value over the final few months and opting in would make him underpaid at $1.7 million. Hartenstein’s preference, according to sources, is to renegotiate a more lucrative long-term deal, staying with the Cavs as Allen’s backup.
Jeremy Lin: No regrets about the past, excited for the future. Still got a lot of basketball left in me and we’ll see where this road goes. Beijing Ducks, excited to be back! Thank you all for going on this journey with me #NeverDone
StatMuse: Nikola Jokic gave it his all. 32 PTS 20 REB 10 AST He joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain as the only players in NBA history with a 30/20/10 playoff game. pic.twitter.com/e2bSnolFOj
Kyle Neubeck: Doc Rivers said they told Simmons at halftime that he was being way too passive. “We told him we were going to come out and feature him on the post, and to be aggressive.” Mission accomplished!