Woj: Despite Robert Williams III likely returning by Christmas, Celtics may look to trade for another big

The time for Timelord’s return is drawing ever closer, with ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski relating on Wednesday night that starting Boston Celtics center Robert Williams III is likely to be back on the court for Boston by Dec. 25. Speaking on an episode of “NBA Countdown” during the “Woj’s Corner” regular segment, the ESPN senior writer related that Williams’ agent Kevin Bradbury had told him that he expects the Texas A&M alum will be “back by Christmas.”

“He’s progressing well on his rehab,” suggested Wojnarowski. “And listen, this is a player who had two surgeries in the last calendar year — they certainly want to take their time.”

Interestingly, even with Timelord looking likely to return, Woj believes the Celtics may look to further bolster their frontcourt closer to the 2023 trade deadline.

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“You start to look out towards the February trade deadline (for) I think another big man — another center — who could play minutes in the case of Robert Williams missing time or a 36-year-old Al Horford out,” he explained.

Perhaps this is the source of Brian Windhorst’s recent mention of Boston perhaps having interest in San Antonio Spurs big Jakob Poeltl, or perhaps another target. But with so many minutes piled on Horford early in the season, there are plenty of good reasons to make such a move.

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