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Boston Celtics starting center Robert Williams III has reportedly agreed to a four-year, $54 million extension according to ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski. The 23-year-old big man has continuously improved each season of his career while slowly making strides in his health and availability as well.
This on the heels of the $77.1 million Marcus Smart contract extension of the same duration shows a high degree of confidence in the internal development of the team, with Timelord likely seen as a key part of it moving forward. The deal places Williams among the top half of centers in the league in terms of compensation while still looking like a very solid value at an average of $13.5 million per season, providing a hedge against injury for both sides.
Should a blockbuster deal necessitate the painful decision to move on from the Texas A&M product, the deal should be an easy one to move based on his ability to warp opposing teams on both end of the court with his elite athleticism and savvy passing.
The Louisiana native averaged 8 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.8 blocks in 18.9 minutes per game in 2020-21, career highs across the board.
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