Boston Celtics forward Grant Williams signed a four-year, $11.8 million rookie-scale extension with the team in 2019. His $4,306,281 team option for the 2022-23 season became active last November.
However, the wing has yet to sign a new contract with the Celtics. Per Jake Fisher of Yahoo Sports, according to the NBA Reporter, Williams’ side has rejected the team’s contract extension request.
On several NBA betting sites, the Celtics are favorites to win the championship in 2023. However, a few sportsbooks still favor the Golden State Warriors to repeat.
The Boston Celtics are unlikely to sign Grant Williams to a contract extension, according to @JakeLFischer
“It doesn’t look like there will be an extension for Grant Williams,” sources said. pic.twitter.com/8uLcdkuU9q
— NBACentral (@TheNBACentral) October 12, 2022
“I have heard that Grant Williams’ side of negotiations for Boston will not sign the Celtics’ latest offer before the deadline,” Fisher explained. “we will see.”
Williams and the Celtics have until next Monday to reach a new deal. They have some time left. In the 2021-22 season, in 77 games, the forward averaged 7.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1 assist per contest.
Will Grant Williams sign his contract with the Celtics at the deadline next Monday?
Williams was selected 22nd overall in the 2019 NBA Draft. A few weeks ago, a rumor leaked that NBA executives said the forward’s worth would be somewhere between $12-13 million per season.
According to Michael Scotto of HoopsHype, four unheralded general managers value the Tennessee product. When asked about his worth, NBA executives put Grant’s annual value in the $12-13 million range.
“For more now he is. [Grant Williams] It’s probably in the $12-14 million range,” an anonymous source told Scotto. “$15 million is not out of the question, but I think it’s definitely on the high end, and you’d think he’d be a starter.”
In his rookie 2019-20 season, in 69 games, Grant Williams averaged 3.4 points, 2.6 boards and 1 assist per game. He also shot 41.2% from the floor and 25% from 3-point range.
During the 2020-21 season, the Texan averaged 4.7 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1 assist in 63 games. After that, he averaged a career-high 43.7% shooting from the floor and 37.2% from 3-point range.
Additionally, in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, the wing scored a career-high 27 points in the Celtics’ 109-81 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Of course, the future is entirely up to him. Perhaps GM Brad Stevens offered Grant Williams less than expected. If it is true, his party made the right choice by rejecting the offer.