NBA Rumors: Teams Monitoring Celtics' Restricted Free Agent For This Summer

The Boston Celtics didn't do anything major at the trade deadline, but there were rumblings that many teams around the league had inquired about the availability of forward Grant Williams. Not surprisingly they didn't trade him as he's a key piece of their league-leading squad. 

But according to NBA Insider Marc Stein, teams are still keeping close tabs on the impending restricted free agent.

Rumbles persist that various teams are monitoring the situation and curious about Williams’ future there. Williams is poised to become a restricted free agent this summer and said to be seeking a contract in the Keldon Johnson-in-San Antonio, $20-million-annually range. 

There's some reservation among league executives about whether the Celtics will be able to afford the 4th-year man's asking price come the offseason. $20M per season may be a bit out of the team's preferred price range.

The 6'6" power forward is averaging a career-high 8.7 points and 4.6 rebounds, along with a personal-best 27.6 minutes per game. He also helps spread the floor, as he's averaging 41% from long range, the same mark he hit threes at last season. 

Williams has also started 20 games this season and is a crucial part of the Celtics' frontcourt.

Photo: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports