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Celtics 1st-round pick Robert Williams reportedly could need surgery to fix artery condition in both legs

Vincent Gallo
July 10, 2018 - 6:44 pm

There's new news about Celtics first-round pick Robert Williams.

According to MassLive, the Texas A&M product has an artery condition in both his legs that could potentially require surgery if it worsens, but the current situation is “not too serious."

The condition has been classified as Popliteal artery entrapment syndrome (PAES), a vascular disease that is found in most athletes. Due to the positioning of Williams’ muscles and tendons around his knees, the main popliteal artery (behind the knee), is being compressed, and restricting blood flow to the lower leg. Per Johns Hopkins medicine, this can lead to cramping and calf pain during exercise.

NBA teams, as well as the Celtics, were aware of Williams’ condition at the time of the draft. The Celtics have performed physicals on him and will continue to monitor his PEAS. 

Williams told reporters on Monday that he had been dealing with tendinitis in his left knee since last year. A left knee contusion suffered in the summer league opener has caused the big man to miss two of the team’s three games played.

The Celtics drafted Williams with the No. 27 overall pick of the June draft following a sophomore season at Texas A&M where he averaged 10.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks. The 20-year-old had slipped down the board due to teams questioning his motivation.

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