The Dallas Mavericks are reportedly looking to sign Grant Williams from the Celtics in what could prove to be a three-team sign-and-trade deal. According to reports, Williams will sign a four-year contract worth $53 million. On the other hand, the Mavericks will send Reggie Bullock, a pair of second-round draft picks, and an unprotected pick swap to the Spurs while the Celtics will receive three second-round picks.
The move will see Bullock move to his seventh NBA team, as the veteran will look to help the young Spurs team with his leadership and experience. On the other hand, Williams will be looking to reinvent himself with the Mavericks and grow as a player in a new city and environment after a difficult year.
The 24-year-old forward has so far spent his entire career at the Boston Celtics since he was picked up in the 2019 draft. Williams was relatively involved in the Celtics’ recent post-season successes, but with the arrival of Kristaps Porzingis last month, the player knew his playing time would take another massive hit. Injury, worsening form, and choking important free throws in crucial games led to head coach Joe Mazzullla slowly phasing Williams out of the starting squad.
"But the ability to come to a great team like the Mavericks and compete at a high level, and be involved to do things to show I can really pass and do more in the future, is really exciting for me," said Williams about the move, speaking to The Athletic.
In spite of the tough year, Williams has always said that he is determined to keep winning. Speaking about the new challenge ahead with the Mavericks, the 24-year-old said, “The talent on this team is absurd. Kyrie and Luka, being able to put two superstars of that nature, two top 10 players or whatever you want to say, Kyrie is one of the best point guards in the league.” The young player is determined not to let setbacks define him and will hope to take the new challenge head-on.