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Multiple teams expressed interest in trading for Celtics forward Grant Williams, league sources told HoopsHype.

Some teams valued acquiring Williams before the deadline because they would have retained his Bird Rights. There’s a belief from some executives around the league that Boston may not match anything over $15 million annually for Williams, an upcoming restricted free agent this summer.

During extension talks with Williams, the Celtics never offered more than $50 million guaranteed over four years, as previously reported on HoopsHype in November. Around the time of those extension talks, Williams would’ve considered a deal for $14-15 million annually.

Since then, Williams has shot a career-best 42.1 percent from beyond the arc and had the largest role of his career, averaging 27.6 minutes per game.

For more on where Williams ranks among free agents in this year’s class, check out our HoopsHype free agent rankings.

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