Jayson Williams, the NBA’s third-leading rebounder, plans to have season-ending surgery to repair a ruptured ligament in his right thumb this week.
Williams made the announcement after the Nets defeated Boston, 109-93, on Sunday. He left the game late in the first quarter and did not return.
Williams, averaging 13.8 points and 13.8 rebounds, has been playing with the injury since December. He announced plans to have Dr. Charles Melone Jr., perform surgery two weeks ago but changed his mind.
“I went up for a rebound in the first quarter and tried to squeeze the ball and there was nothing there,” Williams said. “It’s that time. It’s frustrating. I just can’t do the things I want to playing with one hand.”
A six-year veteran, Williams did not score or have a rebound in eight minutes Sunday.
Williams had averaged about six points and eight rebounds in the four games before Sunday.