3. Robert Williams III
The Celtics traded Time Lord to Portland to acquire Jrue Holiday. Reports suggest the Blazers want to keep the 6’9 big man in Rip City, but they just traded for Deandre Ayton and gave Jerami Grant a massive contract in free agency. Are there enough minutes for Williams III on the rebuilding Blazers?
The 25-year-old has struggled to stay healthy early in his NBA career. He has played more than 35 games in a season just twice in five years and has averaged over 24 minutes per contest just once. Last season, Time Lord put up 8.0 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks in 23.5 minutes per game over just 35 outings.
The Warriors need a backup big man to play behind Kevon Looney and Draymond Green. Robert Williams III could start if the situation arises, but he is likely best as a 20 to 25-minute per-game player. The 6’9 big man will protect the rim, rebound, and provide energy. His shot-blocking helped Boston reach the NBA Finals in 2022, and he could be a key role player on a contender after the deadline.
What if the Golden State Warriors decide to significantly upgrade over Jonathan Kuminga? Can they package together some salaries and acquire a starter or even a star?