After three months, Grant Williams finally took care of his hand injury.
The Celtics announced the forward underwent successful surgery to repair the “radial collateral ligament of the 3rd metacarpo-phalangeal joint on his left hand.”
He is expected to return to basketball activities in 6-8 weeks, which would allow him to participate in training camp.
ESPN reported that Williams sustained the hand injury in March but decided to play through it, and he indeed suited up for Boston all the way through their run into the Eastern Conference finals.
In 15 postseason games for the Celtics, Williams, 24, averaged 5.1 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists per night.
Williams, who will become a restricted free agent, had played a career-high 79 games in the regular season, and he had his best offensive year in the NBA with 8.1 points per contest.
His play last season at least impressed one player from a local team, as Nets small forward Mikal Bridges tweeted at Williams in what seemed like a recruiting pitch to play in Brooklyn.
“Come save the city we need you @Grant2Will,” Bridges tweeted while sharing a photo of Williams wearing a Batman mask.
As a restricted free agent, the Celtics will get a chance to match any offer sheet that Williams receives from other teams.
As for behind the bench, Boston decided the team will keep the status quo and retain head coach Joe Mazzulla.
Team president Brad Stevens reiterated his support of Mazzulla after Boston went 57-25 in the regular season under his leadership.
The Celtics, who were down 3-0 in the Eastern Conference Finals, stormed all the way back to force a Game 7 but flopped at home to the Heat.
They’re searching for their first NBA title since the 2007-08 season.