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The NBA Finals officially begin on Thursday, June 6. The Dallas Mavericks travel to New England to face the Boston Celtics in the first two games of the series. The Tennessee basketball team does not have a former player on either team, but that does not mean a VFL will have to go without a ring this year.

Former Tennessee forward Grant Williams has played for both the Celtics and Mavericks in his career. Boston selected him in the first round, 22nd overall, in the 2019 NBA Draft. He spent his first four seasons with the Celtics before being traded to Dallas last offseason.

The Mavericks signed Williams and he played 47 games with them last season before being traded to the Charlotte Hornets. This opens up the possibility that Williams could be offered a ring by the Mavericks organization if they beat the Celtics, as he played nearly 50 games with the Mavs.

Williams averaged 8.1 points per game for the Mavs, matching his 2022-23 season average with the Celtics, but it wasn’t enough to stay in Dallas until the end of the season.

However, the trade appears to be paying off for both sides. Williams averaged 13.9 points, 3.2 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game, all career highs. In addition to his strong finish to the season with the Hornets, Williams could be the proud new owner of an NBA championship ring from the Dallas Mavericks by the end of the month.

Sure, it’s not the same as if he had stayed with the team and helped the Mavs beat the Celtics, but it would be the first time a former Vol has received an NBA championship ring since Jordan McRae in 2016. Williams would also be the third Vol ever to receive an NBA championship ring.

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