If the Boston Celtic’s goal is to have both Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown on supermax contracts, where does that leave Grant Williams?
After playing a key role in the Celtics’ run to the NBA Finals in 2022, Grant Williams is set to become a restricted free agent on June 30. According to Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe, the completion of a Porzingis trade “would likely mean that Grant Williams’s time in Boston has come to an end.” Seeing as that deal is done, it’s time to look at a few teams that could benefit from the 24-year-old forward’s skill set.
Teams who need to throw an offer sheet at Grant Williams: 3. Indiana Pacers
As of July 1, the Indiana Pacers should have cap space to play with, and, depending on what they do with their cap holds, they could have even more. (According to Forbes, this number could be as high as $30 million)
According to Jake Fischer of Yahoo Sports, the Indiana Pacers are expected to be ‘in the mix’ for Williams this summer. Grant Williams is only 24 years old, and Indiana is a young team looking to get back into the postseason. Basically, don’t be surprised if the Pacers go after Grant Williams and force Boston into making a decision. Williams is a high-level defender that can switch and guard multiple positions.
It’s going to come down to dollars and cents. Since Williams is a restricted free agent, this allows the Celtics to match any offer sheet he signs with another team. Obviously, Boston knows what Grant Williams provides, but, considering Boston’s recent acquisitions, you can’t please/pay everyone. The Pacers appear to be a serious potential suitor for Grant Williams as they could easily outspend Boston.