Terry Rozier had a breakout campaign for the Boston Celtics in last year’s playoffs while Kyrie Irving was out, but is now behind Irving on the depth chart and not playing well.
According to one report, Rozier is unhappy with his playing time, while other reports indicate that teams are monitoring the situation in hopes of trading for Rozier.
Rozier is a free agent at the end of the season, so the Celtics may have to move him to get something in return instead of risking losing him for nothing in the offseason.
Terry Rozier’s breakout performance was one of the reasons the Boston Celtics made a run to the Eastern Conference Finals and came within a few minutes of an NBA Finals appearance last season.
Starting in place of the injured Kyrie Irving, Rozier, then a third-year guard, averaged 16 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists, captaining the Celtics offense with his energy and explosive play.
Of course, Rozier, like everyone else, knew it would be short-lived. This season, the Celtics welcomed back Irving and Gordon Hayward, the All-Star forward who missed all but five minutes of last season with an ankle injury. With a fully healthy team, Rozier was relegated to the bench, helping the Celtics become one of the deepest teams in the league, but leaving him with a more limited role behind Irving.
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Through 10 games, the Celtics are 6-4 and have had some mild struggles incorporating all of the new pieces. This is to be expected — the Celtics got red-hot in the postseason last year with players like Rozier, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Al Horford shouldering more of a load. Now they all have to re-acclimate to having two All-Star players back on the court who soak up a good chunk of the offense.
It will take time.
But Rozier is one of the players whose playing time and usage has taken the biggest hit. He’s averaging 22 minutes per game, scoring 7 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists per game while shooting just 35% from the field and 39% from three. The Celtics have played him and Irving together at times to get both players on the floor, but the pairing hasn’t been their most effective, getting outscored by 8 points in 69 minutes and 4.8 points …read more
Source:: Business Insider