The Boston Celtics are going to be good for a very long time, assuming they keep all their pieces in play.
So far, the core pieces in Boston have committed. But, according to The Ringer’s Bill Simmons, they won’t be keeping everybody.
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.
Terry Rozier was an essential part of the Celtics’ roster last season, stepping into the starting role after Kyrie’s injury sidelined him for the last few months.
He quickly put the league on notice, and some may even see him as a starter.
Rozier is obviously of that mindset and, being under the shadow of Irving, is tired of not getting the spotlight.
Thing is, the Celtics’ leverage is essentially gone now, now that everyone knows the status. Meaning, unless Danny Ainge is keen on a low-level return, he’ll be playing out the season, at least.
Looking at the bigger picture, this whole thing goes to show that not everyone is happy with the situation in Boston. If Rozier is willing to go, who’s to say another won’t get to that point either?
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.
— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) November 7, 2018