League sources don’t expect the Celtics to move point guard Terry Rozier, who will be a restricted free agent this offseason.
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One general manager who had interest in Terry Rozier was rebuffed by the C’s, though there’s room to question what his team was willing to offer for a player headed toward restricted free agency this summer. “You’d think Boston would be willing to move one or two younger guys and get more experienced,” said one exec. “But it’s hard to get away from young guys on good contracts when you already have [Kyrie] Irving, [Gordon] Hayward and [Al] Horford on big deals.”
The Celtics could float Terry Rozier and Jaylen Brown on the trade market, but league sources tell NBCSports.com they are likely to sit sight and hope both bounce back to last season’s levels. With the chances of a midseason Anthony Davis trade lessening by the day, the Celtics have good reason to hold pat.
When he was finally asked about the tweet, Rozier laughed and responded, “Wasn’t talking about y’all. I got a life outside of basketball… I knew that was a warmup question to get to that. You know I got love for y’all, I got love for the fans,” said Rozier. “It wasn’t nothing on that. We gone look to come out and play better tomorrow. Make sure everybody happy (laughs). … Coming to a place like this, this type of organization, with the diehard fans, that’s just what it is. … At the end of the day, the fans going to ride for us, they got our backs. You got some people that think they’re GMs, but that’s fine. It’s a hit or miss with it. I’m happy to be here.”
In July of 2017, Rozier posted a picture on his snapchat with the caption, “Here today..Gone tomorrow,” which caused fans to believe he was going to be traded. He was asked on Tuesday if he had flashbacks to last July. “(Laughs) Oh man, see that’s another example,” said Rozier. “I think I said here ‘today, gone tomorrow’ (laughter). It’s all love.”
If Celtics point guard Terry Rozier ever goes on the trading block, expect the Knicks to be one of the teams with interest. According to a report by The Athletic, seven teams are “monitoring’’ Rozier’s situation because of a perceived view he’s unhappy going back to the bench with Kyrie Irving healthy.
The report stated Celtics general manager Danny Ainge isn’t interested in trading Rozier now and still wants to re-sign him as a free agent. It also stated the Suns as the team most interested. According to an NBA source, at last season’s trade deadline, the Knicks “were shopping for what they called their own young Terry Rozier.’’
Brian Robb: Stevens on Rozier: He has been nothing but a good teammate since he’s been here. He has said nothing to me (about being unhappy).
Jay King: Terry Rozier smiled when asked about the seven teams @Shams Charania said were reportedly interested in him: “That’s how it should be. It should be more.” “I’m just blessed to be putting on this uniform, represent this organization every day. So I have no complaints.”
Jay King: Terry Rozier said he’s not sure where the report about his frustration came from. Said he’s happy. “People that know me know that I would never do that.”
Meanwhile, the Celtics as a team and Rozier have stumbled at times over the course of a 6-4 start, with Rozier playing to his usual skillset from both a positive and negative standpoint. Great rebounding, a low turnover rate, solid 3-point shooting are the plusses. Lackluster finishing at the rim (32 percent on 2-point field goals) and a low assist rate remain the main negatives of his game. With seemingly too many mouths to feed on the Celtics bench, Rozier, on the surface, would appear to be a trade candidate if Danny Ainge wanted to shake things up. However, a league source tells Bostonsportsjournal.com that a trade of Rozier during the season is extremely unlikely. A closer look at the factors in play make it easy to see why.
Quietly, at least seven teams have been monitoring Rozier’s status this season, league sources told The Athletic, waiting to see if the Celtics could begin to field trade calls. The Phoenix Suns have aggressively pursued Rozier, even before firing Ryan McDonough as general manager, league sources said.
Bill Simmons: Unexpected early-season Celts subplot: Terry Rozier (restricted FA next summer) has been unhappy w/ his PT all season, word has gotten around the league, and everyone now knows the Celtics need to trade him… which, of course, makes it harder to trade him.
The teams that make the most sense are Phoenix and Orlando, but neither team should be trading an asset to have a BETTER record this season. Intriguing possibility: San Antonio.
John Gambadoro: Look the Suns would have LOVED to get Rozier and he is a difference maker – him alone in my opinion makes Suns 10 games better. He is a fantastic player. But he is very very unlikely to be traded. But trust me Ryan and James both tried for Rozier before agreeing to sign Jamal.
John Gambadoro: Suns have definitely been trying to trade for a front tier point guard – Lillard, Walker, Rozier – but to no avail. Situation at point guard now is not ideal and Phoenix will have to make a trade but Milwaukee pick that they own is not that valuable.
Adam Kaufman: Asked who he’ll keep between Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier, Danny Ainge laughed and said, “Keep ’em both!” How? “Very good question. I like both those guys. They’re both so different and bring different things to the table.” #Celtics (via @985TheSportsHub)
A. Sherrod Blakely: As far as who the #Grizzlies might want in exchange for Tyreke Evans, don’t be surprised if you hear Terry Rozier’s name come up. He’s young, on the rise and could step in to start just in case Mike Conley’s season-ending heel surgery keeps him out to start the season.
Isaiah Thomas’ trade from Boston to Cleveland proves player is immune to being traded. But third-year Celtics guard Terry Rozier believes he’s pretty untouchable in Boston. In an interview with CBS Boston recently, Rozier acknowledged that he heard the trade rumors involving him last season, but he’s confident Celtics general manager Danny Ainge won’t be looking to get rid of him. “Nah, Danny won’t trade,” Rozier said.
“The guys’ job up top is to get the team together,” Rozier said. “Our job is to play, so I don’t really comment too much on that. I don’t really think too much on it. I’m pretty sure Danny [Ainge] and our whole organization who make up decisions will have us ready and put us in the right spot. We just gotta do our job and play.”
Boston has already renounced its rights to Kelly Olynyk, a key offensive spark off the bench with his ability to score from the perimeter. Now it looks as though the Celtics will have to trade away one of its elite defenders in order to continue shedding salary. And the three targets most teams have focused on, are Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder and Marcus Smart. Terry Rozier is also available, but the market for the aforementioned players has been much stronger.
“Boston has to unload one of those three,” a league source texted CSNNE.com on Wednesday. “And to be candid, it really doesn’t matter which one. All three of them, no matter where they end up, will help a team.”
The Celtics weren’t too interested in dealing a 1st and Rozier like Orlando wanted for Ibaka since they can use cap space in July. Celtics were not willing to include Rozier in a potential Ibaka trade per multiple sources.
The Celtics have one of the NBA’s better backcourts, a nice blend of offense (Isaiah Thomas), defense (Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier) and a burgeoning star capable of both (Avery Bradley). It’s also one of the league’s most affordable, with Bradley ($8.3 million) and Thomas ($6.6 million) making well below market value, and Smart and Rozier on rookie deals. That will change soon. Smart is eligible for an extension in 2017. A $10 million-plus offer will be the starting point of negotiations. Thomas and Bradley will be free agents in 2018, eligible for max salaries of $32.4 million per season. Neither will likely come near that, but understand: This is the ballpark Boston is playing in. The Celtics won’t pay all of them. They can’t pay all of them, not if they want to continue to pursue another impact player. If the Celtics make a significant trade, it will undoubtedly include one or more of their star guards.
During a recent sitdown with WBZ-TV, Ainge pointed to some of Boston’s youngest players while discussing the sort of talent that could blossom with bigger roles. “I really believe it’s an opportunity league. There are many players that are sitting on benches on other teams that are stacked with talent that just don’t get an opportunity. We have some on our team,” Ainge said on “Sports Final.” “We think [2015 second-round pick] Jordan Mickey has a bright future and [2015 first-round pick] Terry Rozier has a bright future and we’ve gotten calls from other teams about them that say, ‘Those guys aren’t getting an opportunity in Boston, we want to get those guys to come play for us.’ But we’re going to try to be patient with them as well, and other young guys.”
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