Robert Williams‘ new four-year contract extension with the Celtics, initially reported to be worth $54MM, actually has a base value of $48MM over four years, reports ESPN’s Bobby Marks (Instagram video).
As Marks outlines, Williams will earn a salary around $10.7MM in 2022/23, the first year of his new deal. He’ll get annual 8% annual raises, all the way up to $13.285MM in ’25/26, for a total of $48MM in guaranteed money. There is no player or team option in the final year of the contract.
The agreement also includes about $5-6MM in total incentives, which could push the total value up to near $54MM, Marks explains. For instance, in the first year of his contract, Williams can make an extra $446K if he appears in at least 69 games. That bonus would be considered “likely” and would be added to Williams’ $10.7MM cap hit in ’22/23 if he plays in 69+ games in the final year of his rookie contract in ’21/22.
According to Marks, Williams also has incentives related to whether the Celtics make the Eastern Conference Semifinals and Eastern Finals, but he must play in 69+ games to qualify for those incentives. The 23-year-old can also earn bonuses if he makes the All-Defensive First Team or Second Team, Marks adds.
Williams has battled a handful of injuries in his first three NBA seasons, so it makes sense that the Celtics would include language that protects them to some extent if he continues to miss time. However, even if Williams fails to meet that 69-game threshold and never earns an All-Defensive spot, the C’s would be on the hook for $12MM per year over the course of the deal.
13 thoughts on “Details On Robert Williams’ Extension With Celtics”
Well at least clueless Stevens did something right I’m truly shocked hopefully he’s done extending guys for as long as he’s GM/president so next yr he better not extend G. Williams, Edwards and that waste of time and money Langford even if he has a ok season
Stevens did great, you have no clue what you’re talking about …
The only evaluation of Brad Stevens efforts to date will be the results those efforts produce!!!
Appears in 69 games and gets a bonus. Nice.
Who drew up this contract, Kevin Malone?
Celtic fans talk up Timelord, but he’s good enough that someday I will find out why that nickname. A Boston bargain.
BTW since CLE is keeping Sexton, I might call him Young Bull.
Two words is a lot for a nickname though.
He was late to team meetings and then missed a flight right after the draft. Plus he can stop time to rise up and block shots with his 7’6” wingspan.
Beautiful! And not a takeoff on his name either.
Nice! I liked that complimentary ending.
Go Robert “TimeLord” Williams!
He puts up elite advanced stats in limited minutes (25.7 PER, .258 WS/48; per 36 minutes of 15.2 ppg, 13.1 rpg, 3.3 bpg) and is absurdly efficient. The trick is keeping him on the court.
He played over 25 minutes a game in college and a handful of G League games; if he can give the Celtics close to that for 60+ games a year, it’s a great deal. $12 million a year is not a lot of money in this league.
2021 Stats — R Williams (age 23)
18.9 mins, .721 %FG, .616 %FT, 6.9 reb,
1.8 blk, 8.0 pts
New contract 12 mill a yr, four yrs.
2021 Stats — N Noel (age 27)
24.2 mins, .614 %FG, .714 %FT, 6.4 reb,
2.2 blk, 5.1 pts.
New contract 10 mill a yr, 3 yrs.
Some get paid on potential. Some get paid on job well done for their team. Imo it pays to do well for your team. Give them what they need from you. Give them what they want. Not all of us are all stars or future stars. The gm is a team game. So do well for your team.
Noel was once offered 4 years and 70M. He turned it down.
Noel was very immature so maybe that’s why he’s bounced around but the Knicks finally gave him his chance! Seems a terrific defender to me. A shot blocker and very quick, allowing him to make steals.