Jason Williams to Have Knee Surgery Thursday
Williams is expected to be out for the next four weeks. He complained of soreness after Tuesday's scrimmage, leading to an MRI exam Wednesday, revealing some loose cartilage in the knee. Williams had struggled with knee soreness in recent years, playing in 59, 61 and 67 games, respectively, during his three previous seasons in Miami.
Although Williams was the primary backup to starter Jameer Nelson last season, he already was being dropped to No. 3 this season. The Magic signed free agent Chris Duhon, a starter in New York the last two seasons, to a four-year, $14.4 million contract to be Nelson's backup.
Williams, 34, averaged 6 points and 3.6 assists last season. He also shot 38 percent from 3-point range. He started 18 games when Nelson was out with a knee injury, averaging 8.6 points and 5.1 assists during that time.
Duhon, 28, was signed this summer because the Magic no longer felt that Williams was durable enough to be an adequate backup for Nelson.