The Celtics haven’t shown much trust in Robert Williams. They played the young center just 19 minutes per game last season – fewer than than Daniel Theis (24) and Tristan Thompson (24). Even with Theis and Thompson outgoing this offseason, Boston traded for Al Horford and signed Enes Kanter.
But the Celtics are proving their faith in Williams with a lucrative contract extension.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:
Boston Celtics center Robert Williams has agreed on a four-year, $54M contract extension, his agent @KB_radbury of @Rep1Sports tells ESPN. Williams’ deal puts his salary in top half of league’s centers despite only 13 career starts. pic.twitter.com/gUQHzLWcCJ
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 20, 2021
The 23-year-old Williams has already been darned productive despite maturity issues, still-developing court awareness and multiple injuries. At 6-foot-8 with a 7-foot-6 wingspan and excellent athleticism, he has a knack for finishing and protecting the rim. His passing ability shows a higher ceiling.
Williams could easily be worth more than a $13.5 million average annual salary the next four years. Or he could fizzle.
Which makes this deal about fair.