The Boston Celtics and middle Robert Williams have agreed to a four-year, $54 million contract extension, agent Kevin Bradbury of REP1 Sports activities informed ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Friday.
The deal will put Williams, 23, among the many high half of facilities within the NBA in annual wage and is a wager on him rising into the promise he has proven in the course of the first three years of his profession.
Williams has seen his function develop every season, together with 13 begins within the 52 video games he performed final season, when he averaged 8.0 factors, 6.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.8 blocks in 18.9 minutes per recreation, all profession highs.
A profession 72% shooter from the sector, Williams has proven flashes of the power to change into an affect participant at each ends of the court docket. He is efficient as a finisher and a rim protector, and he has additionally proven spectacular passing potential.
What have held him again are the nagging accidents which have restricted him to 113 video games throughout his first three seasons after being the twenty seventh total select of Texas A&M in 2018.
Earlier this week, the Celtics got here to an settlement with guard Marcus Good on a four-year, $77 million extension, as Brad Stevens continues to place his stamp on Boston’s roster after transferring from coach to president of basketball operations after the season.
Boston additionally traded for guard Josh Richardson, swapped Kemba Walker and a first-round decide for former Celtics middle Al Horford, and signed guard Dennis Schroder and middle Enes Kanter to one-year offers.
Stevens additionally labored out a take care of the New York Knicks to show Evan Fournier’s departure into a big commerce exception, giving Boston some flexibility transferring ahead. The Celtics have prevented themselves from having important cap house subsequent summer season by advantage of the Good and Williams extensions.
“You simply attempt to create totally different avenues to provide your self choices,” Stevens mentioned earlier this week. “That is the underside line.
“That is difficult stuff from a numbers standpoint, however I feel we do have some flexibility and a few choices, which is nice. And we have got good gamers, so we have got a great basis, and that is thrilling as nicely.”