1. Grant Williams
Williams is a restricted free agent, but the Celtics' trading for Kristaps Porzingis may have ended the 6’6 forward’s time in Boston. They have the right to match any offer, but the Celtics are right up against the new second tax apron and must work out a long-term contract for Jaylen Brown. Boston’s roster is about to get a lot more expensive, and the franchise cannot afford Grant Williams making even $12 million per season.
The 24-year-old averaged 8.1 points and 4.6 rebounds in 25.9 minutes per game last year where he shot 39.5 percent from 3-point range. Williams can guard every player from Joel Embiid to LeBron James to Kyle Lowry. His strength allows him to hold his own in the paint, and the Mavericks would be offering him more playing time.
The Charlotte Hornets are also rumored to be interested in Grant Williams, and the 6’6 forward has to prioritize what is most important. Is he searching for the largest deal or securing money along with a chance to compete for a championship? With Williams, the Mavs are back in contention and no team would be eager to face them in the playoffs.
Who will the Dallas Mavericks sign with their mid-level exception? Can they find a key role player to improve their roster? Stay tuned for all the latest.