SALT LAKE CITY -- Marvin Williams is heading back to Atlanta, but the Utah Jazz say he won't be playing basketball when he gets there.
Team officials said Tuesday the small forward will miss the next three games with inflammation in his right knee. That includes tonight's road game with the Charlotte Bobcats; also Friday's game at Atlanta -- Williams' former team -- and Saturday at Detroit.
Williams, 26, is Utah's starting small forward, averaging 8.9 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. He left in the third quarter of Monday's 100-94 victory over Dallas and did not return. He played only 16 minutes, scoring three points on 1-for-4 shooting. He also added three rebounds.
The Jazz acquired Williams in a trade with Atlanta on July 11, 2012. The Hawks received point guard Devin Harris, who is averaging 7.7 points and 2.5 assists this season.
Harris, 29, has not played since injuring his left foot in a Dec. 18 win at Washington.
Williams has missed three games this season, all with a sore left knee.
The Jazz were already shorthanded with an injury to starting point guard Mo Williams.
Last week, Mo Williams underwent surgery to repair ligaments in his right thumb. He will be out at least six weeks and likely more than that.
In preparation for their three-game road trip, the Jazz on Tuesday announced they were recalling guard Kevin Murphy from the NBA-Development League's Reno Big Horns.
Utah drafted Murphy with the No. 47 overall pick in the 2012 draft. He appeared in three games for the Jazz before being sent to the D-League in November.
In 14 games with Reno, Murphy has averaged 13.2 points and 3.1 rebounds.
Including Monday's victory over the Mavericks, the Jazz have three wins in their last four games.
Monday's win was sparked by reserve Gordon Hayward, who scored a season-high 27 points. Hayward, who had been averaging 13.3 points per game, provided a huge boost against Dallas, going 8-for-14 from the field and hitting four 3-pointers.
"We've got to try to take the things we did well (against the Mavericks) and use those on the road," Hayward said. "We're not going to have the crowd to lean on, so we've got to bring it ourselves, bring that energy. We've got to be able to set tone in the first game for the rest of the road trip."