New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams needs surgery on his right wrist and will miss the final week of the NBA season.
The two-time All Star was to have bone fragments and scar tissue removed from his wrist in a procedure on Friday, Nets coach Avery Johnson said.
Johnson said power forward Kris Humphries, the league's fifth leading rebounder, will miss the last four games because of right ankle and heel injuries.
Williams strained his right wrist in January and the Nets were aware of it when they acquired him from the Utah Jazz on February 23 in a multi-player deal.
However, an MRI scan on Wednesday showed the injury had become worse than indicated when the Nets made the deal.
Williams insisted he would not need surgery, but a visit to a hand and wrist specialist on Wednesday found a reason for his continued wrist pain.
"I think this was something that developed," Johnson said. "I'm just glad we found it and he's going to have the procedure done and we can get it behind us and, hopefully, he won't have to deal with this at another point in his career."
Johnson said Williams was particularly disappointed to miss New Jersey's game against the New York Knicks on Friday.
Williams averaged 15 points and 12.8 assists in 12 games with the Nets.
In his most recent game, Williams hit the game-winner and matched his career high with 21 assists in a win over Minnesota on Tuesday night.
Source: AFP American Edition