Portland Trail Blazers athletic guard Elliot Williams, who is sitting out the 2012-13 season after tearing his left Achilles last September in a voluntary team workout, has informed CSNNW.com that he will be a participant in this offseason's NBA Summer League in Las Vegas in order to prove to teams that he'll be completely healthy.
“It's really not about me proving if I can play or not,” Williams told CSNNW.com. “I know I can play. I just feel that I have to get out there and show the league that I'm fully recovered.”
Williams, 23, is not certain which team he'll play for this summer but says he expects to be fully healthy by late April or early May, eliminating any possibility of him returning this season.
The 22nd overall pick in the 2010 draft flew to Los Angeles on Thursday to visit Dr. Richard Ferkel for a routine checkup and was told that his progress is ahead of schedule.
“That was great to hear,” Williams said. “I just dunked the ball again for real. I'm getting my explosion back. I have no doubt that when I return, I'll be back on top of my game and even better.”
Back in late October, the Trail Blazers declined to pick up Williams' fourth-year option, making him an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.
Williams missed his entire 2010-11 rookie year after having surgery on both of his knees. Last season (2011-12) after 24 games, he dislocated his left shoulder after a practice on the road in early March and did not return.
He has only played in a total of 24 games with averages of 3.7 points and 0.8 rebounds while shooting 50 percent from the field in 6.2 minutes a game.