Report: When Robert Williams expects to return to Celtics


Robert Williams' return from injury is at the top of the Boston Celtics' wish list. Their wish could be granted this holiday season.

The Celtics big man, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee before the 2022-23 campaign, could be back in Boston's lineup before Christmas. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported the positive news Wednesday on NBA Countdown.

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"His agent Kevin Bradbury told me tonight he expects Robert Williams will be back by Christmas," Wojnarowski said. "That gives him another month here. He's progressing well on his rehab. This is a player who had two surgeries in the last calendar year. [The Celtics] certainly want to take their time."

A healthy Williams will bring a major boost to Boston's lineup, but the Celtics are right to take their time with the 2021-22 All-Defensive selection. Williams was considered injury-prone even before undergoing surgery on his torn left meniscus at the end of the 2021-22 regular season. The C's will want to minimize the re-injury risk as much as they can following the 25-year-old's second knee procedure.

There is no rush to bring Williams back as the Celtics have fared just fine despite his absence. They recently rode a nine-game win streak and currently own the NBA's best record at 13-4.

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