1. Indiana Pacers
The Pacers are projected to have $32 million in cap space this summer, and they are focused on signing a 3-and-D forward that can help them break their three-year playoff drought. Indiana may prefer Harrison Barnes given his ties to head coach Rick Carlisle from their days in Dallas together, but Williams is next on their list of targets.
The Pacers have the cap space to sign Grant Williams outright, but would he be willing to go to Indiana? They finished 12 games under .500 last season and missed the Play-In Tournament by six games. Would the addition of Williams alone be enough to turn things around?
The Pacers would be a fringe playoff team at best, but Indiana has plenty of minutes open on the wing and would love to add a defensive upgrade. Head coach Rick Carlisle loves his team to shoot threes, and Grant Williams fits right into his style. The 6’6 forward would be in line for additional playing time and money if he chose to join the Indiana Pacers in free agency.
Can the Boston Celtics bring Williams back on a reasonable contract or does the restricted free agent head elsewhere? It will be fascinating to watch his market develop as it is already beyond five teams. The Detroit Pistons are also rumored to be interested, so stay tuned to see how it plays out.