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Boston Celtics guard Josh Richardson agreed to a one-year extension on Monday. Richardson opted into his player option before being traded by the Dallas Mavericks in July, so he'll get paid $24 million throughout the next two seasons. The 27-year-old averaged 12.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.0 steals throughout 59 games during the 2020-21 campaign. While he should get plenty of minutes in Boston, his rough shooting percentages and questionable health over the years are a cause for concern.
Boston Celtics center Robert Williams III agreed to a four-year contract extension with the team on Friday. The deal is for $54 million, and it comes after the 23-year-old had a breakout season in 2021, including averaging 9.5 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks throughout 13 games as a starter. Unfortunately, a toe ailment limited him to some degree. However, it's probable he will see an increase in production this season, primarily on the glass and defensive end. His superb shooting percentage also won't negatively impact category managers either, but he will need to stay healthy, which has been an issue throughout his limited tenure in the league.
Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart will remain with the team, agreeing to a four-year, $77.1 million extension on Monday evening. Smart has been the subject of consistent trade rumors during the offseason. However, with the C's locking up the 27-year-old to a max deal, it's evident that the franchise wants to keep him around for many seasons to come. While the sixth-overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft has built a sound reputation based on his defensive tenacity, he will be coming off a career year on the offensive end heading into the 2021-22 campaign, averaging 13.1 points and 5.7 assists throughout 48 games last season. Although Smart's health and shooting percentages have held him back to some degree, he still has plenty of fantasy appeal to make him an everyday option in nearly all formats.
The Mavericks traded forward Josh Richardson to the Celtics, who also picked up his $11.6 million player option. The 27-year-old averaged only 12.1 points throughout 59 games in Dallas last season, his worst scoring output since the 2016-2017 campaign. Although Richardson may get a substantial role in Boston this year, especially if the team can't bring back Evan Fournier, he doesn't add much value in fantasy formats. However, he is still worth keeping an eye on, primarily if he gets more chances on the offensive end.
Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (knee) didn't suit up for Tuesday's exhibition against Argentina. Tatum, who will represent Team USA during the Summer Olympics, is currently battling right knee soreness. Although he is expected to be fine, it is something for fantasy managers, especially dynasty formats, to keep an eye on moving ahead.