Traded Boston Celtics center's time with new team couldn't have gone worse: Analyst

One traded former Boston Celtics center's time with his new team couldn't have gone worse than it has, says one analyst.

Nov 3, 2023; Portland, Oregon, USA; Memphis Grizzlies forward Xavier Tillman (2) shoots under
Nov 3, 2023; Portland, Oregon, USA; Memphis Grizzlies forward Xavier Tillman (2) shoots under / Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
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Traded former Boston Celtics center Robert Williams III, who was sent to the Portland Trail Blazers in the Jrue Holiday trade, has had a rough time thus far in his six-game long career in the Rose City -- so rough, in fact, that Chowder and Champions' Devon Platana believes The Time Lord's time in Portland couldn't have gone any worse thus far.

'Williams' injury history likely made it easier for the Celtics to move on from him when he was traded (along with Malcolm Brogdon) to the Portland Trail Blazers in the move that brought in Jrue Holiday," Platana wrote.

"Unfortunately, the 26-year-old's move to Portland couldn't have gone worse. Williams only played six games in a Blazers jersey before suffering a season-ending knee injury against the Grizzlies on Nov. 5. The good news is that he's expected to make a full recovery before the 2024-25 campaign."

Robert Williams III shouldn't be on a rebuilding team in post-Boston Celtics career

Williams is 26, which is a bit past the age of being a "project," so being on the Trail Blazers doesn't exactly make sense right now; especially with Deandre Ayton being the team's primary building block moving forward. While Williams at the 4 is an arrangement Portland head coach Chauncey Billups should explore when the Time Lord returns, if it doesn't magically cure the Blazers' bottom-two offense -- and truthfully, it sounds like it'd do the opposite -- then there isn't a sensible role to be offered to the Texas A&M product.

Every contender could use a player like Williams, and the right one could help him become a six-foot-nine Tyson Chandler as a lob-catching rim-runner who takes no prisoners in the paint on his own side of the floor.

Portland can't do any of that for The Time Lord right now. They should let him free, because there's a ton of potential still for the 26-year-old who's wasting his athletic prime right now with the Trail Blazers.


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