Brad Stevens and the Boston Celtics are back at it again. Recently, they signed Marcus Smart to a four year extension. Now? It’s Robert Williams turn. The Celtics and Robert Williams have agreed to a four year extension, worth 54 million dollars. Worth to note too that there were no player/team options in this extension.
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
Now that Williams is locked in until 2026, here’s a few things to keep in mind.
Robert Williams Injury History
If you look at Robert Williams injury history, it’s not great. He had either been sick or hurt 11 different times last season. He hasn’t played more than 24 games in a row ever in his career. So this is all legitimately concerning. Robert Williams is a very solid defensive presence for this Celtics team. But how can they be so sure that Williams will be healthy enough to fulfill everything in that contract? 13.5 average annual value (AAV) isn’t cheap money here.
A Solidified Starter
We know the Jays aren’t going to be out of the starting five anytime soon. Smart will be a starter with his new extension. Now? It looks like Robert Williams will be the starting center after all. You aren’t signing Williams to that long/big of an extension if you don’t have plans for him to be in the starting lineup and playing significant minutes. A starting lineup including Smart, Brown, Tatum, and Robert Williams is actually very good.
So I have mixed feelings about Robert Williams extension with the Celtics. On one hand, I love Williams game as well as the defensive presence he brings to the floor. On the other hand, he needs to be on the floor consistently. Will Robert Williams be worth every penny of his new extension? That remains to be seen. But for now, it seems like everything Brad Stevens is doing is a positive. Keep the moves coming, Brad!
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