The Phoenix Suns have recently agreed to sign free agent guard, Jamal Crawford, but it wasn’t there first choice or their number one priority.
According to John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7, Boston Celtics point guard, Terry Rozier was the Suns original target before the Suns picked up Crawford.
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 (@Gambo987) October 15, 2018
Gambadoro speaks about Ryan McDonagh, the former general manager of Phoenix and James Jones, the Suns vice president of basketball operations. The two played a crucial role in trying to get Rozier over to the Suns before they settled on Crawford.
The value of Terry Rozier has certainly rose ever since Kyrie Irving went down with a season ending injury which gave room for Rozier to take a starting position in the Celtics postseason run. Rozier averaged 16.5 points, 5.7 assists and 5.3 rebounds in the postseason where the Celtics fell just one win away from an NBA Finals birth.
Gambadoro also reported earlier in August that the Suns had interest in Rozier along with fellow guards in Damien Lillard and Kemba Walker.
Now that Crawford has joined Phoenix, there’s no genuine chance that Rozier will move from the Celtics to the Suns before next summer. The 24-year-old will be eligible to become a free agent next summer, it’s possible for the franchise to have another go at picking him up.
The Phoenix Suns haven’t made the playoffs for a number of years, not since the 2009/2010 playoffs series if they are able to add Rozier to the squad in the near future, they may be able to push up towards a return to the postseason.