The Boston Celtics are a genuine threat to challenge for a championship in the next couple of years with their incredible depth but that may send important role players such as Terry Rozier out of the club.
According to Keith Smith of CelticsBlog, Rozier is expected to hit restricted free agency in 2019 where it may take a lot of time to settle a deal.
“With Marcus Smart inked to a new deal and Kyrie Irving eligible to be an unrestricted free agent next summer (assuming the likelihood he declines his player option), Boston has some level of flux with the point guard position. Rozier may be unwilling to sign an extension, knowing he’s not guaranteed the starting spot in Boston. It is unlikely either side will find terms they can both agree to for a new contract. That means Rozier, like Smart was this summer, will be a restricted free agent in 2019. That isn’t a bad thing, as it extends the window for each side to find a workable deal, should they wish to remain in partnership.”
As a guard at the Celtics, Terry Rozier has a lot of competition for time on the court with star Kyrie Irving in the starting line up and just recently signed Marcus Smart.
With Kyrie going down during the season with a knee injury, Rozier had the opportunity for more minutes on the court and a chance to prove his worth. While starting the 2018 playoffs as a starter, Rozier elevated his statistics to 16.5 points per game, 5.3 rebounds per game and 5.7 assists per game.
Questions have still been raised over the future of Kyrie Irving and whether or not he’ll remain a Celtic after 2019, the future of Kyrie may have an impact on whether there’s enough room on the Celtics list for Rozier.
The Celtics lost by just one game in the Eastern Conference Finals to Cleveland last season and with LeBron now joining the Lakers, the Celtics have become the favorites to move onto the Finals at the end of next season’s playoffs.