League supply believes Jaylen Brown, Grant Williams will stay with Celtics this offseason


The Celtics could have 48 hours to match any provide sheet that Williams indicators this summer season.

Boston Celtics forward Grant Williams scores during the second half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat Monday, May 29, 2023, in Boston.
Grant Williams is due a big pay increase as an RFA this summer season. (AP Photograph/Michael Dwyer)

The Boston Celtics have lots to handle this offseason as they give the impression of being to retool a contending roster whereas juggling a looming cap crunch.

Jaylen Brown’s potential supermax extension and Grant Williams’ upcoming restricted free company stand on the prime of Brad Stevens’ summer season to-do listing.

However even with fiscal questions and an uneven postseason from each Williams and Brown, each Celtics may not be on the transfer within the coming months.

Citing a league supply, Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe reported on Monday that Boston doesn’t intend to commerce Brown, whereas “all indicators proceed to level towards” Brown signing the five-year, $295 million super-max extension later this summer season.

“I can say, for sure, we would like Jaylen to be right here,” Stevens mentioned earlier this month throughout Boston’s end-of-season press convention. “He’s a giant a part of us and we consider in him and I’m grateful for him … Jaylen had an ideal 12 months, All-NBA 12 months. He’s a giant a part of us transferring ahead in our eyes.”

Together with Brown, Himmelsbach’s supply famous that it stays “fairly probably” that Williams might be again in Boston in 2023-24.

The 24-year-old ahead is due a big pay increase this offseason as soon as he hits RFA standing on June 30. Boston may choose to maneuver him in a sign-and-trade deal within the coming weeks with the intention to recoup extra belongings.

However regardless that Williams has the power as an RFA to hunt a contract with different NBA groups and signal a proposal sheet, the Celtics nonetheless have loads of leverage in the case of the scrappy ahead.

If Williams does signal a proposal sheet, Boston has 48 hours to resolve in the event that they need to match the provide sheet or let him stroll in free company.

In accordance with the league supply, “barring a surprisingly large deal”, the Celtics would match any provide sheet that Williams inks this summer season.

Final fall, the Celtics and Williams’ representatives mentioned a contract extension that might have reached round $50 million over 4 seasons, per The Athletic’s Jared Weiss. Nonetheless, the conversations have been halted after each side couldn’t agree on the assure construction. 

In February, Substack’s Marc Stein reported that Williams is looking for a contract price roughly $20 million per season. Even when Williams was seeking to land a contract with that payout this summer season, his choices will probably be restricted.

Solely eight groups are projected to have a minimum of $20 million in cap house, barring any extra strikes.

Williams performed a key position in Boston’s run to the NBA Finals in 2022, however had an up-and-down 2022-23 marketing campaign beneath first-year coach Joe Mazzulla.

Though Williams posted profession highs in factors (8.1) and rebounds (4.6) per recreation, he struggled to earn constant minutes in Mazzulla’s rotation, particularly throughout the postseason.

Nonetheless, given the Celtics’ shaky frontcourt depth, Boston ideally isn’t seeking to transfer on for a flexible participant like Williams until a large provide sheet lands on Brad Stevens’ desk.