The move locks in the cap hit for the fourth year of Williams’ rookie scale contract, ensuring that his $9,835,881 salary for the ’23/24 season will be guaranteed. He had already been assured of receiving his $7,775,400 salary for the coming ’22/23 season.
Williams, 21, missed most of last season while recovering from wrist surgery. He appeared in a total of 17 regular season games, averaging 9.0 PPG and 4.1 RPG on .529/.517/.732 shooting in 24.8 minutes per contest.
Further development and growth for Williams could be crucial for the Bulls as they look to build on last year’s 46-win season. The former fourth overall pick is one of the team’s most talented defenders and has the potential to be a two-way force if he continues to improve.
With his fourth-year option now exercised, Williams will be eligible for a rookie scale extension during the 2023 offseason.