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Utah Jazz: Marvin Williams to undergo surgery on Achilles heel, out for six months

Published: Friday, May 31 2013 4:55 p.m. MDT

Utah Jazz power forward Marvin Williams (2) dunks Monday, March 18, 2013, in Salt Lake City. Williams will undergo surgery on his Achilles heel and will be out for six months. (Tom Smart, Deseret News) Utah Jazz power forward Marvin Williams (2) dunks Monday, March 18, 2013, in Salt Lake City. Williams will undergo surgery on his Achilles heel and will be out for six months. (Tom Smart, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — The biggest question with Utah Jazz small forward Marvin Williams this offseason was whether or not he'd exercise the player option on his contract for the 2013-14 season.

The focus now has turned to his health.

Williams will undergo surgery Monday in Charlotte, N.C., to repair his right Achilles tendon and sore right heel, which caused him to miss some action this past season.

According to the Jazz, the expected rehabilitation and recovery time for Williams is about six months. That would have the small forward back in action around the beginning of December, about a month into the regular season.

The decision for this procedure was made by Williams after several medical consultations. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Robert Anderson, a foot and ankle specialist who's previously done work on Yankees star Derek Jeter.

Utah's Marvin Williams loses his mouth guard as he is fouled by Minnesota Kevin Love as the Utah Jazz and the Minnesota Timberwolves play Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 in Energy Solutions arena. Williams will undergo surgery on his Achilles heel and will be out for six months. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News) Utah's Marvin Williams loses his mouth guard as he is fouled by Minnesota Kevin Love as the Utah Jazz and the Minnesota Timberwolves play Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 in Energy Solutions arena. Williams will undergo surgery on his Achilles heel and will be out for six months. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

Jazz assistant trainer Brian Zettler will accompany Williams, the team announced.

Williams, a 6-foot-9 forward, had a rough season last year, averaging just 7.3 points and 3.6 rebounds after being traded last offseason from Atlanta for point guard Devin Harris.

The 26-year-old spent the first seven seasons of his NBA career with the Hawks.

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