5 Free Agent targets that would fit perfectly with Wembanyama on the Spurs
By Ethan Farina
3. Grant Williams
One of the more intriguing free agents on the market this summer is Celtics forward Grant Williams. Williams will be a restricted free agent, and if Boston wants to go in another direction or are unwilling to meet his asking price, he could be a viable fit in San Antonio.
Of the two possibilities, the Celtics' hesitancy to pay Williams what he feels he's worth is the more likely of the two. According to Darren Hartwell of NBC Sports, Williams wants as much as $20 million per year on his next contract. That's a hefty price to pay, but it could end up being a bargain if Willams reaches his potential.
With Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum demanding opponents' attention, Williams hasn't been asked to carry much of an offensive load over his four years in Boston. But he's owned his role and looks ready to take on more.
There aren't many guys in the league who shoot 40% from deep, have the quickness to corral Kevin Durant, and possess the physicality to go toe to toe with Giannis Antetokounmpo. But Williams has done all of that over the past two seasons, and it's that kind of defensive versatility that would make him a perfect complement to Victor Wembanyama.
Being undersized hasn't stopped Williams from taking on some of the most physical players in the NBA. There are nights when the 6'6" forward is overmatched, but generally, he has the physicality to handle those matchups and free up Wembanyama to use his wingspan to operate as a rim-protecting free safety.
One noteworthy complication of a potential Grant Williams signing is what it could mean for Jeremy Sochan and Keldon Johnson. Sochan looks like the Spurs' long-term starter at power forward, and it sounds like Williams wants a starting role with his next contract. Is moving Keldon to the bench something the Spurs would entertain?
Given Williams's reliable three-point shot and defensive versatility, it might be worth it in the long run, especially if the Spurs get Wembanyama.