As expected, Deron Williams will return on Monday after missing five games with an ankle injury, Nets coach Jason Kidd announced.
But the veteran point guard will come off the bench for the first time since his rookie year, reports Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.
The Nets, who have won six of their last seven, were 4-1 during Williams' most recent injury, but they are 7-9 without him this season.
Brooklyn (16-22) is one game ahead of the Bobcats for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
This is the first time Deron Williams isn't starting since his rookie season — Stefan Bondy (@NYDNInterNets) January 20, 2014