There was the Kristaps Porzingis extension that will keep the 7-foot-3 big man in Boston for at two more seasons after this upcoming season. They also signed forward Oshae Brissett to give you some bench depth.
But one name that people need to start remembering is forward Grant Williams.
Williams is a restricted free agent, meaning that another team can match or pay more than any Celtics offer that they may put on the table.
But at this point, with the way the Celtics are shaping up; it would actually make a ton of sense to make sure Williams is a Boston Celtic next year and beyond.
Boston Celtics solidifying front court depth with Grant Williams
The Celtics had a lack of front court depth last season. Yes, guys like Blake Griffin and Luke Kornet were a part of the team last season. But they were mainly used in the regular season, and when there was a blowout in either direction. Now with Porzingis in the fold, Williams can be the final piece to a really good core of front court players.
Imagine having any combination of Al Horford, Robert Williams III, Porzingis, and Williams in the game will provide a lot of unique angles that defenses will have to deal with consistently. The shot blocking and athleticism of Rob, the defense and shooting of Al, the shooting and pick-and-roll defense of Porzingis, and the “three-and-D” style of play from Williams? That makes the Celtics that much deeper!
Boston Celtics having the “Three-and-D” type of player in Grant Williams
We’ve slowly seen Grant Williams carve out a role for himself in Boston. He’s the type of guy that can shoot the three ball well on any given night and can match up defensively with the best.
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Remember when Williams was a rookie and he struggled to even make his first career NBA three pointer? Those were the days!
Safe to say, Grant has come a lot way with his three-point shooting ability. He shot nearly 40 percent from beyond the arc last season. That says a lot about the work that has gone into his craft.
Defensively? He can cover the likes of Joel Embiid, Giannis, Bam Adebayo, and other really good big men.
How can you replace that type of production?
Grant Williams will have some suitors this summer and the Boston Celtics should be at the top of the list.
Why not pay the money that it would take to bring Grant back into the fold? You have to think that somewhere between $15 and $17 million a year would get a deal done.
If a team like the Charlotte Hornets want to overpay for Grant’s services, then it is what it is.
But as long as the money is reasonable and Grant wants to come back to the Celtics, why not get a deal done?