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Celtics signing Robert Williams to four-year, $54M contract extension

Celtics center Robert Williams

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 22: Robert Williams III #44 of the Boston Celtics looks on against the Brooklyn Nets in Game One of the First Round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center at Barclays Center on May 22, 2021 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)

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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:

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.

Boston now has Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, newly extended Marcus Smart and Williams locked in the next three seasons. That’s a solid core as the Celtics determine how to take the next step.