As a huge Boston Celtics fan, watching the NBA Finals has been nothing short of painful.
Thinking about what could’ve been against the Denver Nuggets is something that’s going to haunt this Celtics team for a long time. Plus, the “what-ifs” that always come into play: like what if Jayson Tatum didn’t get hurt 30 seconds into game seven of the Eastern Conference Finals?
But now, we have to also think about how the Celtics will look going into the 2023-2024 season. One name that is intriguing is forward Grant Williams.
Williams is scheduled to be a restricted free agent this off-season. Meaning that the Celtics can match an offer that other teams submit for the former Tennessee Volunteer.
So what does this mean? Basically, it means the Boston Celtics have a difficult decision to make regarding Williams.
Boston Celtics deciding what their maximum number is for Grant Williams
For the first four seasons of his NBA career, Williams has made about $12 million total. This past season, Williams made close to $4.5 million. So what will the number be that the Celtics pay to keep Williams in green?
There’s already reports about teams being interested in Williams this off-season, one of them being the Orlando Magic. So could the Magic swoop in and offer the power forward a contract he just can’t refuse? That’s in the realm of possibilities! Plus, we don’t know what teams will pay for Grant after finding out about his recent left hand surgery.
But for Brad Stevens and the Boston Celtics, they need to have their maximum number per year that they’re comfortable giving Williams. Me personally, I wouldn’t go above $10 million. But that’s also why I’m not an NBA GM or front office worker!
Boston Celtics potentially trading Grant Williams
The Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown led Celtics need to make some changes. Unfortunately for Williams, that could mean he is a part of those changes.
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This off-season, if the right move is there; then you do it and include Williams in that trade. Whether it’s for the likes of Damian Lillard or Karl-Anthony Towns; do what you have to do to get over the hump.
Endgame for Grant Williams can go either way
It wouldn’t be surprising either way with what the Celtics ultimately decide to do with Williams.
I could definitely see the Celtics keeping him. He’s been a key guy off the bench. The three-point shot has dramatically improved from his rookie season and he can cover some of the NBA’s best big men when called upon.
On the flip side, I could see the Celtics letting him walk for a bigger offer or use him as a trade piece. These NBA teams often overpays for their players and trades can happen at the drop of a hat.
Personally? I’m seeing what’s out there and settling with the $10 million a year. If Grant gets a contract that blows that number out of the water, then best of luck to him. If there’s a good trade out there that takes Grant to execute it, you do it.
This is going to be a telling move for the Celtics, whenever that may occur.