Grant Williams turned down how much money?
Grant Williams has grown into a very confident player. He earned the nickname of Batman during last year’s Finals and has become a key rotation piece for this Boston team. But it seems like now the former Tennessee forward has gotten a little overconfident.
Jared Weiss of the Athletic reported that Williams turned down a deal in the range of $50 million for four years. But apparently couldn’t agree on the guaranteed amount to be paid with Williams reportedly wanting at least $20 million a season. Which I must say is just insane for him to think.
My only question is what in the hell is Grant Williams thinking? As far as I’m concerned, he was lucky to be offered that contract. Again, he is a key rotation player but not usually a guy you pay $50 million for. So, the fact that he turned this down shows me he is either extremely overconfident or just an idiot.
I understand the idea of wanting to bet on yourself but at some point, you need to get real. You’re averaging 8.4 points while shooting just over 40% from three while also seeing a career-high in minutes — hardly stats that warrant $20 million a year like Williams wanted.
Especially when there are guys like Mike Muscala and Sam Hauser who play the same role as Williams for cheaper. It’s clear that Williams and his value is dropping as the season continues. Right now, it’s probably at an all-time low after missing two game-winning free throws after telling Donovan Mitchell he would make both.
Reports have surfaced that Williams is dealing with a ligament strain in his shooting elbow, which would help explain some of his struggles. But even at his best, I don’t think Grant Williams was ever worth $20 million a year.
His future in Boston is certainly unclear, if he solely wants to make as much money as possible then he can kiss Boston goodbye — as I doubt they go higher than the deal he previously declined. But if he wants to continue to play for championships and make serious playoff runs then he has to swallow some of his pride.
From everything I understand, Celtics fans love Williams and the energy he brings, though they want to ensure they bring him back at the right price. His play as of late has been concerning but I don’t doubt he will pick it up.
I think he is crazy for turning down that contract, seems like good money to be in a situation as good as the one they have in Boston. But I don’t know everything behind the scenes so maybe there is something I’m missing.
Although, from what I can tell, Williams just needs to swallow his pride a little and understand he may need to take less money to stay a part of a championship-caliber team.
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