Grant Williams’ impending contract extension talks are a potential roadblock often overlooked by Boston Celtics fans.
Here we have a young, versatile striker who is experiencing the best season of his youth career and is entering the final year of his rookie-scale contract. As a result, Williams will soon be eligible to sign a contract extension – assuming both he and the Celtics can strike a deal on a new deal.
Of course, whenever there’s a discussion about a potential contract, there’s always the fear that things won’t go as planned, and the team is left with a disgruntled player in their hands. Perhaps that’s why teams often look to swap a player as they enter the final year of a contract.
According to the GM of the Eastern Conference, who spoke to Heavy.com on condition of anonymity, there is widespread belief that both Williams and the Celtics want an extension in the coming weeks and neither side is interested in finding one. Williams a new home around the league.
“They don’t want to move Williams. He’s the right role player for that group, he’s a good fit for what they do, he’s got some areas where he can get better and he’s going to get better. They will pay him in the end, there will be a fair deal there. He might want to do a short, three-year deal with an option on that third year so that if he explodes and becomes Draymond Green Part 2, he can get paid. Three years in the range of $33-40 million, which is good for both sides. There are players who are valuable to their team but might not be as valuable if they go elsewhere and he is that kind of guy. They wouldn’t be good at trading him,” GM to Heavy’s, Sean Deveney.
Williams, the 22nd pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, will earn $4.3 million for the upcoming season and can expect to triple that salary in the future.
Williams Credits’ off-season improvements
Going into last season, there were questions about where Grant Williams would fit in the Celtics rotation, as he has struggled through the 2020-21 season, particularly in defence.
However, Williams clearly got the job done in the off-season, as he got off to a solid start, and quickly emerged as one of the better three-pointers in the NBA – something he It maintained throughout the season.
“I can say it’s 70/30 – Besides the improvement of 70, I feel like the effort I put in on shots last summer, and the defensive intensity that I developed… That allowed me to fulfill the required role. And the opportunity arose,” Williams said when discussing his development on the July 20 podcast with Duncan Robinson of the Miami Heat.
Williams finished last season averaging 7.8 points, three rebounds and one assist per game while shooting 47.5% from the field and 41.1% from the outside.
Williams Clown Tatum
Throughout the season, players tend to split their time between growing their bodies and working on their game. On the 2nd of August, Boston star player Jayson Tatum has been tagged in several photos of him getting some strength and conditioning work — with a photo showing him using 75-pound dumbbells, and Williams was quick to let Tatum know he was using light weights.
Of course, Tatum wasted no time responding to the forward talker, as he replied: “T*** can I set up the startup?,” it’s just another sign of the chemistry the Celtics have built up over the past 12 months.
While Williams may believe he is the stronger athlete, there is no doubt that he has a long way to go if he wants to start matching Tatum’s on-court impact, but what That didn’t stop Brad Stevens from approaching a contract offer in the coming weeks.
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