According to several reports, Terry Rozier wants out of the Celtics as he feels like he deserves more playing time after what he showed during last year’s playoffs when he stepped up for Kyrie Irving.
Rozier showed a vast offensive skill set and thought he was worthy of a bigger role in this year’s Celtics rotation, but that’s unlikely to happen for as long as Kyrie Irving and Marcus Smart are healthy.
Moreover, reports state that several teams have already picked up the phone to try and get Danny Ainge to trade the combo guard. So, today, we’re going to let you know about the top 5 destinations for him.
5. New Orleans Pelicans
The New Orleans Pelicans got off to a terrific start of the season before a losing stretch with Anthony Davis in the shelf. They already have Jrue Holiday and Elfrid Payton but the ladder is still injured and they don’t have a truly capable backup point guard that could light it up from the bench.
Rozier could work in the second unit next to Julius Randle and provide a huge scoring spark from the second unit for a team desperate to make the playoffs, and they could get him for Frank Jackson, Cheick Diallo and a 2nd round pick.
4. San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs are currently playing a third-string point guard due to injury and they should definitely pursue more shooters, as they’re one of the worst teams when it comes to lighting it up from three-point land.
Gregg Popovich would definitely find a way to make up for Rozier’s defensive flaws and he’d have the chance to play huge minutes for a contender. In order to get him, the Spurs could send Jakob Poltl and a couple of 2nd round picks.
3. Houston Rockets
The Houston Rockets got off to quite a sloppy start of the season due to Chris Paul’s inconsistent shooting and James Harden’s injury, as well as the fact that losing Mbah A Moute and Ariza has really taken a toll on their defense.
The Rockets need more scoring off the bench and Michael Carter-Williams has been simply terrible for them. Rozier could play for a contender and alternate playmaking duties with Eric Gordon, and the Rockets could get him for Marquese Chriss and a couple of 2nd round picks.
2. Orlando Magic
The Orlando Magic is currently starting DJ Augustin with Jerian Grant working as his backup, but truth to be told, neither of those guys is starting point guard material and they’re wasting the prime years of Aaron Gordon with that kind of team.
Orlando could still make a playoff run in the softer Eastern Conference and Rozier would be in a prime position to succeed and play big minutes there as their starting point guard, and they could get him for Khem Birch, Wesley Iwundu and a 2nd round pick.
1. Phoenix Suns
The Phoenix Suns have been one of the most disappointing teams of the season, starting 2-8 despite the additions of Deandre Ayton, Mikal Bridges, Ryan Anderson and Trevor Ariza; and mightily struggling to get anything going on offense without a starting point guard.
As good as Devin Booker is, he’s way more effective playing off-ball and they just need to find a starting ball handler right away. According to rumors, they were the most aggressive team in trade talks for Rozier, and they could get him and Guerschon Yabusele for a 2nd round pick, Dragan Bender and Richaun Holmes.