In a three-team trade, the Dallas Mavericks have acquired Grant Williams from the Boston Celtics, with the San Antonio Spurs also involved, according to a knowledgeable source on Wednesday night.
As part of the deal, Dallas will send Reggie Bullock and a 2030 pick swap to the Spurs. The Mavericks and Celtics will receive multiple second-round picks. The trade cannot be finalized until Thursday, so the source spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.
Williams has signed a four-year contract worth $54 million. The Mavericks, who missed the playoffs last season, believe their roster needs improvement, especially after the underwhelming performance of the Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving duo following Irving’s arrival from Brooklyn in February.
A $126 million, three-year contract has been agreed upon between Irving and the Mavericks, which is expected to become official once free agent deals can be signed starting on Thursday. Additionally, center Dwight Powell is set to return.
Standing at 6-foot-6, Williams will bring a new dynamic to the Dallas frontcourt, as Christian Wood, known for his offensive prowess, is unlikely to return. In his fourth season with the Celtics, the 24-year-old Williams recorded career highs of 8.1 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.
The Mavericks aim to revive their defensive mentality that propelled them to the Western Conference finals in 2022, albeit with a different set of key defensive players. Bullock’s departure follows Dorian Finney-Smith’s move to the Nets as part of the Irving trade.
Bullock averaged 7.2 points for the Mavericks last season, a slight decline from his first season in Dallas when he averaged 8.6 points. As a 3-and-D specialist, he shot 40% from beyond the arc in the 2022 playoffs, making an average of 2.9 three-pointers per game. However, his regular-season performance in the 2022-23 season dropped to 1.9 three-pointers at a 38% shooting percentage.