The Portland Trail Blazers announced on Friday that third-year guard Elliot Williams underwent successful surgery to repair a ruptured left Achilles tendon on Friday that will end his 2012-13 season before it began. Williams suffered the injury during a "voluntary offseason workout" at the team's practice facility on Tuesday.
Williams missed his entire rookie season after undergoing surgery on both of his knees and missed the end of his promising sophomore season after undergoing left shoulder surgery after taking a foul from former teammate Chris Johnson during a March practice. Those injuries kept him out of Las Vegas Summer League in 2010 and 2012 as well.
Given the severity of the injury and the timing, the Blazers will face a decision similar to the one that confronted them when former reserve center Jeff Pendergraph was injured during the 2010 preseason.
Back in February, Williams opened up about his return from the two knee surgeries.
A majority of the Blazers are in town for "voluntary offseason workouts" organized by All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge, according to recent statements in interviews from Blazers GM Neil Olshey and coach Terry Stotts.
Williams, 23, holds career averages of 3.7 points and .8 rebounds in 6.2 minutes per game. He penciled in behind starting two guard Wesley Matthews on the team's depth chart. Blazers rookie guard Will Barton and sophomore guard Nolan Smith are in line for Williams' minutes.
Williams, a 2010 first-round pick out of Memphis (via Duke), is still on his rookie scale contract, which will pay him $1.4 million in 2012-13, according toStorytellersContracts.com. The Blazers hold a $2.3 million team option for 2013-14.
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