The Timelord is getting more time in Boston. Friday afternoon, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Celtics and center Robert Williams have agreed to a contract extension.
Williams’ new deal will pay him $54 million over four years, starting next season. The contract “puts his salary in top half of league’s centers,” according to Wojnarowski.
Drafted 27th overall by the Celtics in 2018, Williams has shown tremendous upside but has also battled through injuries for most of his NBA career. He’s played 113 games over three seasons, making 16 starts. In that time he’s averaged 5.7 points, five rebounds, and 1.5 blocks while playing 14.7 minutes per game.
Last season was the first Williams has taken on a major role for the Celtics. Playing in 52 regular season games at almost 20 minutes a night, he averaged eight points, seven rebounds, and two blocks per contest. The team as a whole played better when he was on the floor – they were 29-23 when he played, while going 7-13 when he wasn’t available. He missed most of the playoffs due to a toe injury.
This is the second time in just a few days Brad Stevens has handed out a major extension. On Monday, it was announced the team had signed Marcus Smart to a four-year, $77 million extension.
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