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Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams has been ruled out indefinitely after suffering a fractured rib and he will be re-evaluated in a week.
Williams underwent an MRI scan which showed a fracture in the left 12th rib and he is expected to be re-evaluated in a week to see how the injury is healing.
It is another unfortunate setback for the point guard who underwent surgery on both ankles last summer and has struggled with a series of other niggles in recent years.
However, the 30-year-old has also been the focus of trade speculation linking him with a switch to the Sacramento Kings while Nets coach Lionel Hollins has opted to bring him off the bench instead of starting him over the last month.
“Deron reported some soreness above this area over the weekend and as a result underwent imaging studies on Monday, which were negative,” team physician Riley Williams III said Thursday in a statement.
“Yesterday during the game he reported a new onset of symptoms below the prior area of soreness. New imaging studies done today demonstrated the fracture. There is no timetable for his return.”
Since arriving in 2011/12, the Nets are 13-23 without Williams in the line-up while they are 118-111 with him.
Williams is averaging 13.9 points and 6.3 assists per game this season but he lost his spot in the starting five to Jarrett Jack who has played better as a starter after averaging 15.3 points and 5.3 assists on 47.2 percent shooting in 10 starts.
However, Hollins has conceded that he has had to lessen Jack’s workload and particularly in light of Williams’ injury, the Nets are thin at the point and so he may well have to manage the veteran’s minutes better.