After failing to agree on terms for a contract extension last summer, Williams will now become a restricted free agent once the current season reaches its conclusion. However, according to Bleacher Report’s Zach Buckley, Williams should be considered a flight risk.
“You sort of get the sense both he and Boston might be ready for a change, though this probably comes down to price,” Buckley wrote. “If outside suitors don’t hold his second-half slide too much against him, he could fetch a number the Shamrocks have no interest in matching.”
Williams has been struggling of late and has fallen out of the Celtics’ playoff rotation as a result. However, given his diverse offensive skillset and ability to guard multiple positions, there is still a chance Williams can convince Joe Mazzulla to put him back in the rotation and that he makes a big impact between now and the end of the season.
Justin Champagnie Could Replace Grant Williams
According to an Eastern Conference Executive who spoke with Heavy on Sports Sean Deveney, under the condition of anonymity, the Celtics may have acquired Justin Champagnie as a potential replacement for Grant Williams.
“Champagnie has a lot of potential as a defensive wing,” The executive said. “It is a bit of a message to Grant Williams, like, ‘Hey, we will be OK if you leave.’ And they could legitimately look at him as a player they want to bring along.”
Grant Williams Focused on Helping Celtics
“Nah, you got to focus on today, brother,” Williams said. “You can’t focus on tomorrow, can only focus on what’s in front of you. For me, it’s always been about playing to the best ability that I can and winning as many titles as I can while I’m here. So after that, whatever happens, this free agency cycle, that’ll be determined this summer after, hopefully, we got the ring in my hand. So that’s the main priority. No. 1 is focused on getting this ring first.”