Before being signed by the Dallas Mavericks via a three-team sign and trade, Grant Williams was one of the top free-agent wings this summer.
Williams' defensive reliability and three-point shooting ability made him an attractive asset for multiple teams, but it looked like the only way to acquire him was through a sign and trade, as Boston was reportedly going to match most offers.
It was clear that Dallas was targeting Williams, and they ended up landing him for a great price.
Top free agent forward reveals never-before-seen list of teams that showed interest in him
Even though Dallas was the "main priority" for Williams, multiple other teams showed interest in him.
This list hadn't been reported anywhere else, and Williams revealed this list on JJ Reddick's podcast "The Old Man and the Three."
Williams said that the "most concrete" free agency destinations for him were the Dallas Mavericks, Chicago Bulls, Atlanta Hawks, and New York Knicks. He didn't say how aggressive or close any of these teams were, but he did reveal that these teams seemed like the favorites to make a move for him.
None of these teams were heavily reported on in regards to Williams, and it was interesting to hear about the back story of what it was like being a restricted free agent in the NBA.
Williams said it was stressful, but he liked Dallas from the start.
In four seasons in Boston, Williams averaged 6.2 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. He has the ability to guard multiple positions and will be a vital piece in what the Mavericks do next season. Dallas needed a strong defensive presence like Williams, and he will likely be their starting power forward on opening night.
We'll have you covered with all the latest news and rumors surrounding the Mavericks going into next season, so stay tuned.