Mavs’ Grant Williams Ready for First Matchup Against Celtics Since Departure

Mavs forward Grant Williams is looking forward to competing against the Celtics — his former team — for the first time since departing in NBA free agency.

DALLAS — Grant Williams is gearing up to play against the Boston Celtics on Monday night, marking the first time he’s competed against his former team since joining the Dallas Mavericks in part of a three-team sign-and-trade.

“It’s going to be cool seeing all those guys,” Williams said. “I had four great years with them and that organization. They’re playing their tail off right now, so it should be a competitive game.”

Williams played 349 games (including playoffs) as a member of the Celtics, averaging 6.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.1 assists. He called being drafted to Boston “a blessing” as it laid the foundation for his NBA career, including multiple Eastern Conference Finals appearances and a run to the NBA Finals. 

“It was a blessing,” Williams said. “I was drafted to an organization that treated me with grace and treated me with class. There’s a bunch of phenomenal people in their organization that — not just the players, but the coaching staff. 

“Even the new staff that are there in the front office from top to bottom,” Williams explained. “I’m thankful for the time that I had there for four years, and it’ll be great to be able to catch up.”



Gideon Canice

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